Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 10:10 IST Osaka dominated Elina Svitolina in the quarter-final at Melbourne Park on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOsaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, was depicted with pale skin and light brown hair in the adNissin, who sponsor Osaka, removed the advert from its YouTube pageOsaka dominated Elina Svitolina in her 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory on TuesdayJapanese noodle company Nissin have removed a controversial commercial following a dispute over the skin colour of a cartoon character depicting tennis player Naomi Osaka.The commercial depicted Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, with pale skin and light brown hair, which created public outcry.”Truly disappointed to see that there was no woman of colour to speak of in the commercial,” African-American journalist Baye McNeil wrote in his prominent ‘Black Eye’ column for the Japan Times. “Instead, I found a white-washed representation of Osaka”Nissin, who sponsor Osaka and compatriot Kei Nishikori, removed the advert from its YouTube page on Wednesday and said they had not intended to ‘whitewash’ the 21-year-old, who will feature in the Australia Open semi-finals later on Thursday.”There is no intention of whitewashing,” a Nissin spokesperson said. “We accept that we are not sensitive enough and will pay more attention to diversity issues in the future.”Japan has traditionally seen itself as a racially homogenous country, although several successful mixed-race athletes like Osaka, sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball pitcher Yu Darvish, are challenging that image.Osaka has not commented on the commercial.BUG SCARES OSAKA DURING QUARTER-FINALOsaka dominated Elina Svitolina in her 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory in the Melbourne Park but right after taking a 5-0 lead in the second set, Osaka was chased by a bee and not Svitolina’s play but that scared Naomi Osaka.As soon as Osaka won a point to make it 5-0, she began running away towards the net while looking back. Even after running away, the bee followed her and Osaka was seen waving it away with a disgusted look at her face.advertisementOsaka was so troubled by the bug that she even asked the chair umpire to check the back of her shirt if the insect was still there while going towards her courtside chair.Apart from that, there was hardly any blemish for Osaka as she comfortably won in an hour and 12 minutes. Osaka did not celebrate much after winning. It was a subdued celebration out of respect for a hampered opponent and a sign that her work here was far from done.Also Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winAlso Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Australian Open 2019Follow NissinFollow Naomi Osaka commercial Japanese noodle company withdraws commercial featuring pale-skinned Naomi OsakaAustralian Open 2019: The commercial depicted Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, with pale skin and light brown hair, which created public outcry.advertisement
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