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NBC Gets In Trouble Over Post-Olympics Ad

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Gabby Douglas delivered the performance of a lifetime yesterday, winning the gold in individual all-around gymnastics. She became the first American to win both team and all-around gold at the same Olympics, and the first African-American woman to win gold in the all-around.

It was a great moment for America. And then, for some, NBC completely ruined it.

At issue is a commercial NBC aired immediately after wrapping up analysis of the all-around competiton. NBC placed an ad for its upcoming show “Animal Practice,” which stars a monkey named Crystal.

Unfortunately, in the ad itself, it features Crystal doing gymnastics. It’s unlikely NBC was trying to do anything racist, of course. It was probably just a case of bad timing since the ad itself was made months in advance.

Still, it was yet another opportunity for the Peacock to take a beating at the hands of Twitter and NBC will likely be apologizing.

Whether for the ad or making a sitcom starring a monkey is another question entirely.

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