South Korean footy team forced to apologise after fake crowd raises eyebrows
Sports fans around the world are hurting right now. Covid-19 has put a stop to bloody s**tloads of leagues, codes, and competitions, and there’s very definitely a sports-shaped hole in the lives of millions of people. Still, the good thing is that some leagues are starting up again, even if they are having to do it without supporters in the stands. Obviously, that leaves the atmosphere lacking a little, but over in South Korea, Seoul FC had a great idea. They got in some ‘premium mannequins’ to add a little liveliness to proceedings…
Of course, anyone who frequents the off-beat section of the internet (as opposed to the beat-off section) knows that something has to have gone awry with a plan like that.
And, nah, yeah, it was a deadset f**k-up.
It turns out that the company who supplied the mannequins, Dalcom, is in the business of making some pretty special mannequins. As you can imagine, it wasn’t long before people noticed something was up.
According to the BBC, “fans watching online noticed that some of the mannequins looked more like sex dolls – and some were advertising x-rated websites – leading to the club apologising on Instagram and Facebook.”
A Dalcom Director, Cho Young-june, said that a sex toy company took photos of the mannequins advertising their products before the game and that, “They were supposed to take all the logos down before the game started, but there were several hairbands and logos left to be caught by public eye.”
FC Seoul posted a statement in Facey and Instagram:
“We would like to apologise to the fans. We are deeply sorry.
We would like to clarify that while these mannequins have been made to look and feel like real humans, they are not for sexual use – as confirmed by the manufacturer. We had them supplied by a company named Dalcom, which claimed they are clothing mannequins. We double; triple checked that they are not for sexual use.
… Our intention was to do something lighthearted in these difficult times. We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again.”
Final thought: You’ve gotta love a bloody good f**k-up. Deadset, there really is nothing like watching a company or organisation grovel because of a little oversight that’s blown up. Still, it’s probably lucky it didn’t happen in the NRL. There’s no telling what those boofheads would have done with a bunch of these.
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