Broadcaster Takes Flak Over Wardrobe Malfunction

Olympic Broadcasting Service exposed breast of Gabriella Papadakis to the world
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2018 7:10 PM CST
Broadcaster Takes Flak Over Wardrobe Malfunction
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

French skater Gabriella Papadakis endured her "worst nightmare" at the Olympics when a wardrobe malfunction exposed her breast to the world. But her embarrassment might have been milder if the Olympic Broadcasting Service, which provides coverage to more than 100 countries, had not decided to air a slow-motion replay, complete with closeup, that played on the big screen at Gangneung Ice Arena and for customers around the world, reports USA Today. OBS tells the newspaper that it always airs a replay after a performance, and this was no different. That isn't sitting well with all. "Ummmm, just saying, a director at the OBS (Olympic Broadcasting System) totally chose those slow motion replays," tweeted Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt. "That nip slip of Gabriella Papadakis at the end did not have to be included. How very disrespectful."

The OBS response also prompted Martin Rogers of USA Today to wonder what would happen if a spectator slid onto the ice with a profanity-laden banner. "Would they have shown that too, in slow-mo, just because that’s how they typically do it?" In contrast, NBC said that when the slip-up occurred on a live broadcast, it reverted to wider camera shots and used replays that kept "the issue obscured." Meanwhile, outfit designer Sophie Thomas says she feels awful for Papadakis. "I feel terribly guilty, even though it's not my fault," she tells AFP. "I just can't explain it, it's a real mystery. The top was firmly attached." (Read more 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics stories.)

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