Australians are known to be a bit cheeky and sports writers are known to be a lot irreverent, so when the two are combined you figure to get a powerful cocktail of both.
An Australian free commuter daily, The Brisbane Mx, listed North and South Korea in its Wednesday medal chart as "Naughty Korea" and "Nice Korea," respectively.
There's been some outcry over this decision, though surprisingly none of it has come from Kim Jong-Un. Yet. Some Twitter users deemed it "racist," which is curious given that both Koreas share the same ethnicity.
The London Daily Mail, in no way attempting to drive up its readership, thundered that the Mx was "sparking a potential diplomatic storm" as if the thing had been written by Australia's Prime Minister himself.
However, most people haven't seemed to interpret the matter quite so seriously. Punch "Naughty Korea" into Twitter and the most common phrase you'll see next to it is "LOL."
Based on Mx's own description of itself, we should hardly be surprised. The publication says it is "revolutionising" the way we see newspapers and "covers the issues that matter most in a concise, upbeat, funky, intelligent and sexy way."
So perhaps "Naughty Korea" shouldn't be so upset after all. Mx might have called you that because it thinks you're sexy.
(For the record, "Nice Korea" has leapfrogged "Naughty Korea" in the standings with 7 gold and 14 overall medals to 4 gold and 5 overall).
Photo: Brisbane Metro