SBS’s Racket Boys issued an apology over the racist portrayal.
The series became embroiled in a controversy on the fifth episode that aired on June 14th, which featured an international competition in Jakarta. In the episode, Coach Fang said, “The accommodations are of poor quality. And we’re being told to practice at a dilapidated stadium with no air conditioning when they get to practice at a dome arena.” It also had a scene where Indonesian fans heckle foreign players who beat their team.
Many Indonesian viewers disputed online, and soon, the officials issued a public apology on the show’s official account. They said, “We didn’t mean to mock a certain country, athlete, or race. We apologize if certain scenes have offended Indonesian viewers. We’ll be extra careful with the next episodes.”
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