A Chinese talent show contestant who was the butt of jokes by panel member Gordon has finally broken his silence, saying he did not like the jokes made at his expense.
Xiao Wang, a PhD student, was first asked by Gordon if he was going to sing ‘number 39 with rice’. Gordon then went on to say he was ‘sulplised’ by Wang’s singing.
The controversy, on the Holland’s Got Talent show, has been picked up outside the Netherlands and caused a minor media storm.
In a short statement, Wang said he had not paid much attention to what the jury said but did feel uncomfortable. ‘After looking at the footage again, I have to say I don’t like the “jokes”.’
‘I believe in a multicultural society in which people are treated with decency and respect and in which people are careful not to insult others. People should think twice before they make jokes,’ he said.
Wang went on to say he has made very good friends in the Netherlands and that he hopes this statement will end the matter.’
Broadcaster RTL issued a statement on Thursday saying it took full responsibility for the show and the decision not to cut out the offending passages.
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