Spain's Olympic Basketball Team: Raci...

Spain's Olympic Basketball Team: Racist or Just Stupid?

There are 263 comments on the snafu-ed.blogspot.com story from Aug 12, 2008, titled Spain's Olympic Basketball Team: Racist or Just Stupid?. In it, snafu-ed.blogspot.com reports that:

Actually, perhaps it's the advertising firm that's racist, while the basketball team is just plain stupid. Both of Spain's Olympic basketball teams posed for an ad for a courier company (a sponsor of the Spanish Basketball Federation), while pulling their eyes back in a slant-eyed manner.

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Guess who

Las Vegas, NV

#24 Aug 12, 2008
Why are you shitting on the ball?
Bill Ferrell

Mountain View, CA

#25 Aug 12, 2008
Well look at it this way, just WTF does Spain have to offer the Olympica anyway. The 100 meter Green Olive Roll? They are really a non entity as far as athletes go anyway. I hop some Chinaman plays Kung Fuey on their azzes.
They get their silly azzes kicked every four years and then they go back to their tiny little sh-it hole in the wall. But that doesn't excuse this behavior. The International Olympic Committee should wait until the Olympics are OVER to see if Spain actually ekes out a medal or two, and when they and the world least expect it, strip them of the medals.
Now THAT would be poetic justice.

Since: Jul 07

Houston, TX

#26 Aug 12, 2008
Maria Antonia wrote:
Maybe they just have poor vision. Have you ever not had on your glasses or contacts and squinted or pulled outer corner of your eyes to see? They just were trying to focus that's all.
Your post is about as stupid as the Spanish basketball team pulling their eyes back in a slant-eyed fashion.

“we were drawn from the weeds”

Since: Sep 07

Bay Area

#27 Aug 13, 2008
no comment.

wait...then why do i feel obligated to share?
weaselovercome

Raleigh, NC

#28 Aug 13, 2008
I constantly squint. On the potty...
Mr Giblets

India

#29 Aug 13, 2008
Spartacus wrote:
<quoted text>
haha that is in fact funny
HOWEVER
SAHME ON ALL OF YOU !!!
ANY YOU ALL KNOW EXACTLY WHY...
EVEN TRYING TO DEFEND WHAT THESE FUCKING MOROINS DID IS USELESS AND IGNORANT
IF YOU EVEN TRY TO DEFEND THIS YOU ARE A FUCKING RACIST
AND I DOI THINK SOME OF THE COMMENTS ARE FUNNY BUT THATS NOT THE POINT !!!
THE POINT IS
THIS WAS DELIBERATE RACISM AND IF YOU DON'T REALISE THIS YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT RACISM IS !!!
THAT'S PERHAPS THE SINGLE MOST INSULTING THING I HAVE EVERE SEEN DONE BY ANY TEAM IN ANY TEAM SPORT.
THIS IS JUST PLAIN IGNORANCE !!!
IT IS IGNORANT TO DEFEND IT
IT IS IGNORANT TO HAVE DONE IT
AND MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE...
IT'S 100% COMPLETELY RACIST !!!
TELL ME, HOW WAS THIS PHOTO SUPOSED TO ENHANCE THE IMAGE OF THE SPOANISH BASKETBALL TEAM?
HOW IS IT OF BENEFIT TO ANYONE
DOES IT DO ANYTHING POSITIVE?
THESE ARE THE ACVTIONS OF FUCKING MORON RACISTS..PLAIN AND SIMPLE...CALLING ANYTHING ELSE IS BEING A COWARD !!!
get a life - after you finish school, that is.

Ps, I am going to "SPOAN" for my holidays.
Mr Giblets

India

#30 Aug 13, 2008
Bill Ferrell wrote:
Well look at it this way, just WTF does Spain have to offer the Olympica anyway. The 100 meter Green Olive Roll? They are really a non entity as far as athletes go anyway. I hop some Chinaman plays Kung Fuey on their azzes.
They get their silly azzes kicked every four years and then they go back to their tiny little sh-it hole in the wall. But that doesn't excuse this behavior. The International Olympic Committee should wait until the Olympics are OVER to see if Spain actually ekes out a medal or two, and when they and the world least expect it, strip them of the medals.
Now THAT would be poetic justice.
the Spanish have won most of the sailing gold medals for years past.

opistoglyph

Since: Sep 07

Germantown, NY

#31 Aug 13, 2008
Yet no one said a thing when that one comedian said the French are so good at swimming because their coach threatens to throw a bar of soap in the pool.
get a life

Garden Grove, CA

#32 Aug 13, 2008
any way you want to cut it up, that was a very very stupid and dumb move. What's the meaning of it? Looks like a little kid looking for attention, any kind of attention. Grow up Spain.

“I am listening.......”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#33 Aug 13, 2008
meowsocks77 wrote:
<quoted text>
Your post is about as stupid as the Spanish basketball team pulling their eyes back in a slant-eyed fashion.
Sorry you didn't appreciate my attempt at a humor. My point is that there isn't anyone who hasn't done something foolish. Was it dumb? Yes. They have probably figured that out now and will be more thoughtful in the future. There isn't any point in everyone getting worked up about it. I wouldn't want the United States to be judged by the moment when Barkley elbowed another basketball player in Barcelona and I'm not going to judge Spain by a immature photo.
Judy

Yonkers, NY

#34 Aug 13, 2008
israel wrote:
this ad was funny, but i found it much more funny when people were jumping out of the world trade centre
You find death and murder funny? Shame on you.
Nobody important

Brooklyn, NY

#35 Aug 13, 2008
Hey maybe Spain could at least win a medal. NOT! How stupid can you be.
judge judy

Brooklyn, NY

#36 Aug 13, 2008
If the Olympics where held in Israel and the Spanish team decided to do a "Hail Hitler" gesture, is that not offensive?? Or is that there way of saying high as well. Dumb asses.
Pakoeneas

Valencia, Spain

#37 Aug 13, 2008
Sorry for my english. That gesture is not racist, racists are all those hooligans with shaved heads in football stadiums all over England. And, of course, is not stupid, stupids are all those hooligans in England drinking beer and fighting with people all over Europe. Al least, England couldnīt go to Eurocup 2008 and Spain won
NEW_EU

Eastchester, NY

#39 Aug 13, 2008
I don't know why the Spaniards did that...how would they like it if the chinese made fun of their Arab ancestry and wore turbans
Carol

El Segundo, CA

#40 Aug 13, 2008
I think they needed to be disqualified from the Olympics. I can say a lot about the Hispanics invading the US but I won't. ILLIGAL ILLIGAL ILLIGAL. Either way we Caucasians are the minority now.
I'm not fond of the Chinese either but I'm not in the Olymics in their country and not the imature

“Snooze you lose”

Since: Mar 07

Sunnyvale, CA

#41 Aug 13, 2008
I'm just now reading the team was instructed to do this for an advertisement.
That changes my view of this. If a person of authority tells a team of athletes to do something, they will typically do it. That is how they are trained. They are not trained to think.
Also, in an advertisement you are acting. If someone plays a racist in a movie, that doesn't not make them racist.

The authority figures in this case should be punished for this. And the person who came up with the ad campaign should be rode out of town on a rail.

Rebecca Goodwin

“He went belly up!”

Since: Apr 08

Dont credit yourself so highly

#42 Aug 13, 2008
I thought it was funny.

I don't think it was a racist act, just badly directed humor.

It made me smile.

XD
Pakoeneas

Spain

#43 Aug 14, 2008
I just want to say that the chinese embassy at spain doesnt appreciate the gesture as racist or offensive, so, stupid are all of you who think that it's racist. if chinese people dont think that... how can it be racism?. Now you'll say chinese people are stupid...
Christian in london

London, UK

#44 Aug 14, 2008
Pakoeneas wrote:
Sorry for my english. That gesture is not racist, racists are all those hooligans with shaved heads in football stadiums all over England. And, of course, is not stupid, stupids are all those hooligans in England drinking beer and fighting with people all over Europe. Al least, England couldnīt go to Eurocup 2008 and Spain won
The spanish spectators made monkey sounds at the black English football players during the match between Spain and England which took place in Madrid.
The spanish football coach Aregones made racist remarks about Thierry Henry during the world cup.
Some spanish spectators racially insulted Lewis hamilton during the formula 1 grandprix race in spain
The spanish basket ball teams makes fun of Chinese eyes in a photo shoot....
And so the list goes on...
One incident after another revealing the serious problem of racism within spanish sports.

Do not underestimate how much damage this has done to Spains reputation. This is hurting spain's chances of winning any bids to host major sporting events such as olympics or soccer world cup

No wonder the IOC preferred to give the 2010 olympics to cold, rainy London rather than warm sunny Madrid.

SPAIN WILL NEVER WIN ANOTHER BID TO EVER HOST ANOTHER MAJOR SPORTING EVENT. NOT THE SOCCER WORLD CUP. NOT THE OLYMPICS - NOTHING.
CHERISH THE SWEEET MEMORIES OF BARCELONA 92 - IT WAS YOUR LAST ONE.

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