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

Nope, that would be "One Direction"


Prachi Gupta
August 6, 2013 10:45PM (UTC)

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.

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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 pgupta@salon.com.

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