Fox has apologized after singing competition, “I Can See Your Voice,” used the expression “Chink in the Armor” to describe the performance of a singer dressed as a knight in last week’s episode.
The Twitter post on Oct. 28 featured contestant Julian Mendoza wearing a knight costume, according to The Wrap.
“Do you think there’s a chink in Knight’s vocal armor?” the tweet read.
Social media users called out “I Can See Your Voice” for its attempt at humor, labeling it a racial slur.
I’d reconsider that wording. I mean, I know it’s a saying, but… pic.twitter.com/KgoDa1H1KP
— Wiffleball Tony 🇺🇸⚾️🏈🏒 (@Cardinalfan9633) October 30, 2020
I know they mean that the armour might be vulneable, but using that word was a poor choice at that moment.
— ManacetoSociety (@ManacetoS) October 30, 2020
And the fact that the show was adapted from Korea, like really you had to use this word? With an Asian host, @kenjeong?
— sincerely, ivy marie. ⛄️❄️ (@sincerelyivy_) October 30, 2020
Fox took down the tweet and apologized in a statement on Friday:
“On Wednesday, we posted a tweet in conjunction with ‘I Can See Your Voice’ that was inappropriate. The tweet has since been removed. We sincerely apologize to the Asian community and to all whom it offended.”
The show, hosted by comedian Ken Jeong, premiered on Sept. 23 and is an adaptation of a South Korean game show.
It requires contestants to guess whether six “secret singers” are lip-syncing to their own recorded performance or to another live performer’s singing for the “Lip Sync Challenge.” The secret singers are identified not by their name but by their profession. Contestants are assisted by comedians, pop culture experts, and a music superstar with $100,000 at stake.
Mendoza was part of Arizona State University’s musical theater program, Entertainment Weekly reported. He also sang back up for Kristin Chenoweth at the Phoenix Symphony.
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