The short video dubbed in Chinese asked Chinese tourists not to poop in front of historic buildings. /Screenshot of SVT's program via huanqiu.com
The video prompted a backlash after it was shared on China's video streaming platform Youku, with Chinese netizens condemning the racism they felt it portrayed.
On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the program “affronted China” and “amounts to a gross insult to and vicious attack on China and the Chinese people.”
The program's director Thomas Hall initially refused to apologize, claiming in an interview with SVT that the program's humor was lost in translation and their intention had been misunderstood.
On Wednesday, however, he joined the broadcaster's two chief directors and appeared in the video apologizing to Sweden's Chinese communities.