Overwatch pro-gamer Dylan Bignet has apologized for describing kimchi as “disgusting” on Twitter.
Dylan Bignet is a pro-gamer for Overwatch, the popular online multi-player first-person shooter game. He was recently invited to Korea to compete in the Hot Six Overwatch APEX competition with the French team, “ROGUE“.
He and his team went to a Korean restaurant after they were knocked out of the first season of the competition. Dylan Bignet’s teammate, Benjamin Chevasson uploaded a photo of Dylan Bignet cringing at kimchi and describing it as “disgusting”.
— Benjamin Chevasson (@VAL_uNKOE) April 29, 2017
The post received mixed reactions, where some netizens claimed that his description of the traditional Korean dish was offensive. Others argued that it was understandable because it was common for people to describe their least favorite dishes as “disgusting”.
Shortly after, Dylan Bignet posted an apology in both Korean and English. He explained the context behind the picture and also added that he didn’t intend to offend anyone, nor did he have anything against kimchi or Korean culture in general.
— Dylan BIGNET (@Rogue_aKm) May 1, 2017
“I want to explain about the kimchi tweet the other day. We didn’t mean to offend anyone over it. We were at dinner when we got knocked out of season one, and I was trying to make everyone laugh. Everyone on the team knows I don’t like spicy food, so I ate a whole dish of kimchi in one bite. It was awful because it was too spicy. I couldn’t take it, it was too much. Tviq LOVES kimchi so the tweet was just reminding him of that time, and that I ate more kimchi. Nothing against kimchi or Korean culture. It’s just a meme between friends. We love Korea and are happy to be here.”
— Dylan Bignet