Chinese netizens urge Australian media to apologize for defaming Olympic gold medalist Quan Hongchan
News.com.au, a conservative Australian news website under Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, enraged Chinese netizens with a recent article that defamed China’s Olympic gold medalist Quan Hongchan with weird, offensive words.
Fourteen-year-old diver Quan, the youngest in China’s team to Tokyo Olympic Games, won gold in the women’s 10-meter platform on Thursday with an incomparable performance that included three perfect-ten dives.
Despite of Quan’s exciting smile and a big hug with her coach after the final score came out, news.com.au wrote on Thursday that Quan “remained entirely pokerfaced [and] did not crack even the slimmest of smiles. Viewers were shocked at Quan’s reaction,” it claimed.
The news site even said in the caption of a picture in the article that Quan “looked devastated after being given a perfect score” which was obviously not the case and, in a lack of basic human touch, tried to describe this young gold medalist as an odd, taciturn teenager.
The news.com.au article sparked anger among some Chinese netizens on Thursday who criticized this Australian media outlet for slandering Chinese athletes with misinformation and bias.