By JAIME LUTZ
It’s hard to maintain a stiff upper lip while whooping.
Viewers bombarded the BBC with complaints on Sunday after its sports coverage got a little too pumped about Britain’s Jenny Jones winning an Olympic bronze medal – with commentators Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood, and Aimee Fuller wrongly claiming that Jones won gold and erupting in cheers when one of her rivals fell during the snowboarding slopestyle competition. Jones’ third place finish makes her Britain’s first-ever Winter Olympic medalist in a snow event.
“[T]he commentary team were understandably very excited, however, we acknowledge that on occasion this excitement got the better of them and this is something that we will work on for future events,” the network said in a statement today.
Here’s a taste of the wide-ranging reaction to the spontaneous TV celebration:
BBC nationalism hits another low in Winter Olympics. Is puerile cheerleader style really what people want these days? http://t.co/w27Hiy35pk
— David Hopps (@DavidKHopps) February 10, 2014
No surprise over the BBC Jenny Jones commentary. The organisation is full of immature jingoism
— duklapragueawaykit (@duklapgeawaykit) February 10, 2014
— Ruth Vittoria (@RuthVittoria) February 10, 2014
@fluffcuff Commentators are not supposed to be cheer leaders. Also, Britain didn’t win a medal, Jenny Jones did.
— John Traynor (@Mr_JDTraynor) February 10, 2014
But many felt the joy was justified, calling the complainers a bunch of killjoys.
Absolutely loved the commentating during Jenny Jones Bronze medal win. More please! All those who moaned – get a life.
— Susi Northen (@suenorthen) February 10, 2014
Sad that British mentality is you must suppress joy and excitement. Some would prefer automatons doing commentary. http://t.co/3bVNSyc5kG
— James Curley (@jalapic) February 10, 2014
— Graeme Robbie (@GraemeRobbie2) February 10, 2014
— Laura Cavanagh (@laura_cav) February 10, 2014