An ABC affiliate in Chicago aired a graphic that mixed up Pyeongchang with P.F. Chang's.
Pyeongchang is a city in South Korea where the 2018 Winter Olympics is being held, and P.F. Chang’s is a popular Asian-inspired restaurant chain — but somehow a local news station in Chicago got the two names confused.
WLS-Ch. 7, an ABC affiliate in Chicago, had viewers scratching their heads Saturday when it showed a graphic that said “P.F. Chang 2018” with an incorrect Olympics logo while talking about the Winter Games in South Korea. Weekend anchor Mark Rivera appeared on-air reading a series of news stories with the graphic in the right corner, the Chicago Tribune reported.
No way this was on TV this morning! How does this happen? pic.twitter.com/R88Xp6KZBd— David Kaplan (@thekapman) February 11, 2018
Jayme Nicholas, a spokeswoman for the news station, apologized for the image and told the Chicago Tribune the graphic was merely a “mix-up.” The “P.F. Chang 2018” graphic was supposed to be used for a “satirical piece” that sports anchor Mark Giangreco created Friday.
The graphic, however, was then accidentally used for the real news on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the station said.
The “P.F. Chang 2018” graphic brought an onslaught of mockery on social media, with many first questioning if it was real.
“P.F. Chang’s.. Bringing the world together in 2018,” one user wrote.
P.F. Chang’s.. Bringing the world together in 2018 pic.twitter.com/z0ksAuL7oO— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 11, 2018
Another person tweeted, “I may not be an athlete competing in Pyongyang, but I definitely compete in P.F. Chang's”
I may not be an athlete competing in Pyongyang, but I definitely compete in P.F. Chang's— Chris Jones (@_bones_jones56) February 12, 2018
“Please tell me this didn’t really happen,” one user tweeted, to which someone else replied: “@PFChangs if team USA gets over 35 medals, can you give away some free food?”
@PFChangs if team USA gets over 35 medals, can you give away some free food?— Jacob Duncan™ (@jduncan6000) February 13, 2018
The restaurant chain, which has more than 210 locations in the U.S., eventually joined in on the fun, tweeting: “Contrary to this broadcast, we’re not hosting the games.”
Contrary to this broadcast, we’re not hosting the games. 🙂 https://t.co/3HW694pE4J— P.F. Chang's (@PFChangs) February 11, 2018
The chain also replied “Looks like someone was hungry” when another person asked them about their input on the image.
Looks like someone was hungry. :)— P.F. Chang's (@PFChangs) February 12, 2018
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam
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