Is the commercial racist? You are showing a monkey doing gymnastics right after Gabby Douglas was doing gymnastics. Anyone can plainly see the correlation, even if it is not meant. NBC knows that the commercial is controversial. I am sure they have had hate mail and calls about it. Who in the world choose to play that exact commercial at that exact moment?
Did they do it on purpose? Who on Earth would? Was it a stupid gaffe on their part? Yes.
Editors note: Sorry this is 4 days late. It is the first I have seen of it.
Update: NBC has apologized.