The hits just keep coming for NBC.
Taken to task for their tape delay, talking over the opening ceremonies and a garden variety of other missteps so far during their broadcast of the 2012 Olympics, they now have to deal with this: After Bob Costas paid tribute to Gabby Douglas's gold-medal glory, saying, "But there's some young African-American girls out there who tonight are saying to themselves, 'I’d like to try that too,'" they immediately went to an ad featuring a monkey doing gymnastics.
We're not going to cry racism. There's almost no chance this was purposely done. But still, with 10 hours between the time she won gold and the time the network aired it in the US, you would think somebody in the production truck would have seen the bad segue.
The Internet was quick to catch on, with YouTube posts, tweets and collective gasps sent out worldwide within minutes after the transition. In the meantime, the network can rest easy, having just had the best Day 5 ratings of any Olympics in 36 years.