ESPN thinks Japanese Little League player loves singer named "Wandai Wrection"

Nope, that would be "One Direction"

By Prachi Gupta

Published August 6, 2013 6:45PM (EDT)

It may not be as bad as KTVU's report with fake Asian names, but during last night's broadcast of a Little League World Series game between Japan and Pennsylvania, ESPN misidentified Nagiru Hiramatsu's favorite singer as "Wandai Wrection."

As you might have guessed, no, Wandai Wrection is not a singer, nor is it a band. It is a result of someone at ESPN butchering a Japanese kid's accent without attempting to clarify or recall that One Direction is currently one of the most popular boy bands in the world.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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