News anchor and NBC broadcaster Katie Couric is being criticized for her recent on-air explanation of why speed skating is so important to the Dutch.
“It’s probably not a news flash to tell you the Dutch are really really good at speed skating,” Couric said Friday, as the team from the Netherlands made its way into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“Now, why are they so good? Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam, which sits at sea level. It has lots of canals that can freeze in the winter. For as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other and also to have fun,” Couric said.
Listen to Couric here:
You just can’t make this up.
NBC opening ceremony coverage. Katie Couric talks about why The Netherlands is so good at speed skating as The Netherlands enters the stadium.
And this folks is why Americans are less bright about the rest of the world as they spread fake news! pic.twitter.com/7YC5deTl2w
— Jos Duijvestein 🇳🇱 (@JosDuijvestein) February 10, 2018
Since her comments have gone viral, many have taken to Twitter to parody her comments, but also to criticize Couric.
One Twitter user posted a photo of “rush hour” in the Netherlands:
Rush Hour in the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/RRpDBV9pDX
— DirkJanMoedt (@moedtdj) February 11, 2018
Another wrote that the canals in Amsterdam “rarely” freeze.
Actually, @katiecouric the canals in Amsterdam rarely freeze. Besides, I’m sure Dutch skaters have practice rinks, don’t you think? Take some time away from North Korean propaganda and #FakeNews and report a few facts, why don’t you? pic.twitter.com/XhePtoCn2B
— Toney Brooks Media (@ToneyBrooks) February 12, 2018
Many posts have said Couric should do her research before making comments like this, as the canals in Amsterdam rarely freeze.
Katie Couric might want to visit Amsterdam sometime. https://t.co/8VXozaws9C
— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) February 12, 2018
One Twitter user posted a photo that’s reportedly from 2012, and said “2012 was the last time.”
2012 was the last time pic.twitter.com/JAm2LMk89F
— ((Juliet)) (@thisislinus1) February 13, 2018
Couric has since taken to Twitter herself to apologize.
“Congrats Netherlands on your [medal] count so far! My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way! I’d [love] to visit again and celebrate your success,” she wrote.
Congrats #Netherlands on your 🥇count so far! My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way! I’d ❤️ to visit again & celebrate your success! 🇳🇱 https://t.co/NvYi7LwB2V
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 12, 2018