Fox Sports has been forced to apologise after photoshopping a cardboard cut out image of Adolf Hitler into the stands during Sunday evening’s match between Manly and the Bulldgos at Central Coast Stadium.
With no crowds permitted to attend games after the re-launch of the 2020 season, the NRL introduced a new initiative allowing fans to pay $22 to have a cardboard cut out of themselves sitting in the stands.
The idea has proved a great hit with fans, but Fox Sports is copping serious backlash after photoshopping Hitler into the crowd during The Matty Johns Show on Sunday night.
The attempted joked drew an immediate backlash on social media.
This sort of stupidity, the casualisation of Hitler, Nazis, and by extension their crimes, is what leads to swastikas being graffitied throughout our cities and school kids being harassed with gas chamber jokes. @FOXNRLLive & @MattyShowsFox should tell their viewers it’s not on. https://t.co/sCuhom5GbY
— Alex Ryvchin (@AlexRyvchin) May 31, 2020
People justifying this that it was a joke photoshopped in by the Matty Johns show don’t realise that that doesn’t actually make it acceptable.
You know what’s not funny? Hitler. Hitler isn’t funny. https://t.co/JpO9rR5KUX
— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottlieb) May 31, 2020
By Monday, Fox was forced to apologise for the skit.
“We are very concerned by an incident involving an inappropriate image shown as part of one of our live shows discussing NRL crowd cut-outs,” a spokesperson told Wide World of Sport.
“We are currently reviewing the circumstances and examining the action we need to ensure those involved understand it is not acceptable.
“We sincerely apologise for the offence the image has caused.”