The Internet is convinced that Bob Costas needs to have several journalistic seats after he compared the successes of Usain Bolt and Bob Marley.
As Bolt was making history with his third consecutive win in the 100-meter dash and proving once again that he is the fastest man alive, Costas made a brow-raising comment saying: “With apologies to all you reggae fans, I think Bolt has even outdistanced Marley.”
It was just one of many moments in NBC’s Olympic coverage that left viewers scratching their heads.
Marley was a music legend and revolutionary, achieving international acclaim and success, who remains in his own lane. Something even an Olympic champion like Usain Bolt has acknowledged before. In his latest interview with Costas, Bolt says he is honored by the comparison.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) September 19, 2012
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 14, 2016
After Costas’ comments, Twitter did what Twitter does and let him know that Jamaica’s history runs deeper than two men who are famous for completely different things.
Why did Bob Costas compare Usain Bolt to Bob Marley? How utterly stereotypically White and unnecessary. Both great; differently so. Shut up.
— Trudy (@thetrudz) August 15, 2016
My Jamaican fiancée when Bob Costas said that Usain is more famous than Bob Marley pic.twitter.com/73H2I49Ukb
— bae phillip randolph (@blkdante) August 15, 2016
Bob Costas comparing Bolt's popularity to Bob Marley is what happens when you only know two Jamaicans
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) August 15, 2016
No, Bob Costas, Usain Bolt, great as he is, did not eclipse Bob Marley. Nor did Roger Bannister pass Shakespeare. #Rio2016
— Steven Levy (@StevenLevy) August 15, 2016