The Six Nations advert was pulled after fans complained
The 30-second clip, broadcast in the run up to this weekend's Wales V England clash in Cardiff, showed Welsh fans struggling to think of an answer to the question "What's Good About England?", to the strains of the famous intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana.
BBC Wales described the 30-second trailer as "tongue in cheek" – but it seems the joke fell flat of some patriotic Red Rose fans.
After sharing the film on Twitter on Wednesday, the broadcaster was bombarded with complaints from disgruntled viewers.
Ryan Price tweeted: "More parochial rubbish. Who exactly is this supposed to cater for?"
Fellow Twitter user @CClwyd branded the clip "borderline racism".
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A BBC Wales spokeswoman said: "This was one of a series of films promoting our Six nations coverage where we asked real Welsh rugby fans about a series of things and got real responses.
"We also asked about their favourite Welsh food, their favourite Welsh song, their favourite Welsh person and so on.
"It was intended to be tongue in cheek, it wasn't meant to cause any offence, but certain responses made it quite clear it hadn't landed as we had hoped."
Other viewers who watched the ad were tickled, however.
Angry rugby fans called the clip "borderline racism"
— David Prettyjohns (@davepj81) February 8, 2017
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BBC Wales has had an anti-England advert for every year in recent memory, as an Englishman living in Wales, I really don't care one bit. https://t.co/1RT95dmjIi
— Jacob (@CoqBlocker) February 9, 2017
Alistair Heron wrote: "@BBWales should have been allowed to keep running that 6 Nations trailer.
"English though I am it was pretty funny."
Comedian Jack Whitehall also leapt to the defence of the BBC, during an interview with Radio 5 Live.
"I thought it was quite funny," he said. "But people love taking offence, and people love taking offence even more if it's BBC related as well. These kind of things get whipped up into a storm quite quickly.
"I don't think as an English person I watched that and was gravely offended."
'What's good about England'?
With a record breaking 15 consecutive wins, cleary our rugby team!
— England My England (@WantEnglandBack) February 10, 2017
People that got offended by the bbc wales advert for the rugby are pathetic. Little bit of banter. Complain about something worthwhile
— Rhys Jones (@TheLLCoolJones) February 9, 2017
.@BBCWales should have been allowed to keep running that 6 Nations trailer. English though I am it was pretty funny.
— Alistair Heron (@Al_roar) February 10, 2017
But while some did take offence others simply answered the question the advert posed.
One England fan tweeted: “What's good about England?
"With a record breaking 15 consecutive wins, clearly our rugby team!"
England will be looking to extend their record-breaking winning streak when they kick off at the Principality Stadium tomrrow at 4.50pm.
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