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I.O.C. Calls Slant-Eyed Photo of Spanish Basketball Teams "Clearly Inappropriate"

There are 50 comments on the snafu-ed.blogspot.com story from Aug 13, 2008, titled I.O.C. Calls Slant-Eyed Photo of Spanish Basketball Teams "Clearly Inappropriate". In it, snafu-ed.blogspot.com reports that:

I just wrote about this the other day, and the International Olympic Committee has now commented on this. The Spanish Men's and Women's basketball teams both posed in advertising photos, pulling back their eyes to make themselves look slant-eyed. The ad was for the Spanish courier company, Seur.

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Offbeat

“ Seal Of Democrat Party”

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#23 Aug 14, 2008
Victor wrote:
Funny that this comes mostly from Americans... maybe your are just a bit more sensitive to these kinds of things?
The Chinese embassy in Spain was asked about the subject, and said that they do not consider it offensive at all.
I'm not going to try to explain to you why it wasn't mean to be offensive, I'm just going to point out that most of the noise is not coming from the Asian population, who are the ones that should be offended by it..
Hey dipshit! How the hell do you know that most of the posters on here from America aren't Asian! Well! Do you have a crystal ball to see what they look like. Didn't think so!

“I know where you are,”

Since: Jun 08

Right here under my thumb

#26 Aug 14, 2008
YourWorstNightmare wrote:
that special beauty is mostly for their beautiful slant-eyes.
Not all Aisians have what you term "slant eyes." Do some research first next time.
yoo

Málaga, Spain

#27 Aug 14, 2008
how can spain be a racist country??, if the marriages are allowed between gays, you do not know nothing about this country because you do not live here, we are not racists.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#28 Aug 14, 2008
YourWorstNightmare wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks to those Fascists (Fallangistas) Francisco Franco's brave freedomfighters saved Spain from the communist hell, gulags as many countries had to go through. In 1936 the communists in Spain nailed to doors and castrated priests, raped nuns and burned churches. These things what you preferred to stay in Spain? Or your parents were some jids, huh?
You s i c k f v c k, y o u !
Hey @zzhole, I couldn't give a rat's ass what happens in Spain, or, what you think.
Explicitlyrics

Madrid, Spain

#29 Aug 14, 2008
I think you people talk cause is cheap and besides you talk without knowledge. THIS PICTURE was requested, in such that way, by the CHINESE, I repite, CHINESE SPONSOR of the team. What ya'll people smoking, weed? Dayummm... Wanna talk bout racism, talk about Guantanamo, or Vietnam.
humbert

Castellón, Spain

#30 Aug 14, 2008
puff..i think americans can be very "politically correct" (TOO MUCH), but spanish are not...and we are proud of that, if you wear a bullfighting suit and you come to spain...i will laugh till dead!!! I swear!!and i will pay you a beer!... I suppose you live in a country where you have to be very carefull with your words...I am glad i dont

if I dont want to offend, and the chinesse are not offended, where is the problem?

america is a country where you cannot paint a chair in black because somebody is going to put his/her butt in it! haha, funny...maybe you want to be that way , but in Spain we live happily, we dont want to offend anybody , if I say "hello" and you get upset...that your problem , not mine, go to a shrink.

note:SPAIN IS THE FIRST COUNTRY OF THE WORLD ADOPTING CHINESSE CHILDREN! the first!!dont you feel silly? try to understand a culture before talking about it.

Since: Dec 07

Decatur, TN

#32 Aug 14, 2008
Rebecca Goodwin wrote:
I'm sorry, but I think it was funny.
I understand that most probably disagree, but I don't think they meant it they way America takes it. Does that make sense? I think it was done for humor, not racism.
Only my opinion.
XD
THATS RIGHT!!!
Alittle bit of humor and fun never hurt anyone.
Who cares........
If they had all grabbed their crotch, who would be yelling about that?

Since: Dec 07

Decatur, TN

#33 Aug 14, 2008
humbert wrote:
puff..i think americans can be very "politically correct" (TOO MUCH), but spanish are not...and we are proud of that, if you wear a bullfighting suit and you come to spain...i will laugh till dead!!! I swear!!and i will pay you a beer!... I suppose you live in a country where you have to be very carefull with your words...I am glad i dont
if I dont want to offend, and the chinesse are not offended, where is the problem?
america is a country where you cannot paint a chair in black because somebody is going to put his/her butt in it! haha, funny...maybe you want to be that way , but in Spain we live happily, we dont want to offend anybody , if I say "hello" and you get upset...that your problem , not mine, go to a shrink.
note:SPAIN IS THE FIRST COUNTRY OF THE WORLD ADOPTING CHINESSE CHILDREN! the first!!dont you feel silly? try to understand a culture before talking about it.
Not all americans are bitchers and whinners....
these "political correct do gooders" just have no life and stick their nose in everyones ass.

They just try to cause trouble, they love drama!!
Ashley

Mississauga, Canada

#34 Aug 14, 2008
I'm asian and I'm Canadian. What was witness has been completely insulting. I grew up in a country where liberal viewpoints and unity has always been appreciated and encouraged. To see that there is even a debate on this is what hurts the most. I see most of the people who comment on this are from the US. Imagine this if you will....our viewpoint of americans are ignorant, fat and gun toting. At the Salt Lake City olympic games not too long ago, an ad comes out, and it depicts the Chinese basketball team rolled in Kentucky Fried Chicken, wearing nothing but a white cloak, and carrying guns. Is that not a generalization on a country of how many million citizens? But it was all in fun right? Find the humor in that?

It disapoints me that we have survived two world wars, overcome slavery, and a women's movement, and there are still people out there who defend this picture. It's NEVER funny to slant your eyes to asians because it's insulting, it's something we are born with, not somethign we can control, you are calling in essence calling it a birth defect, we can not all be born with beautiful large blue eyes, when you point it out in mockery, you are insulting us.

There is a reason for this outcry. Please be cognizant of your ignorance when you next post something like, "I'm sorry, I thought it was funny. What's all the fuss about?" You weren't insulted here. Put yourself in the shoes of an asian child who has grown up around caucasian kids who slanted their eyes thinking it was funny and us running home crying because we can't have big eyes like 'Rebecca Goodwin'. If you are looking for humor, turn on the comedy channel. The world olympic stage isn't a place for that.
Ashley

Mississauga, Canada

#35 Aug 14, 2008
For the spaniards on here who defend the photo, I am not going to waste my time because you are ignorant. It's evident in the way you speak and the way you carry yourselves. However, for those americans, you should know better.

Since: Dec 07

Decatur, TN

#36 Aug 14, 2008
mike vizzo wrote:
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It's not funny when your team represents the entire country of spain...you're just demonstrating to the world that Spain is racist and that they openly make fun of other nationalies/races...
Most of the players on Spain's squad have played internationally, and some in the NBA. They should have known better.
The Spaniard's and Chinese do have things in common. Their skin color and hair color are very close.

Maybe the Spaniard's was showing their "LOVE" and "ENVY" to the Chinese.

The Spain
Ashley

Mississauga, Canada

#37 Aug 14, 2008
Well guess what? it backfired. Maybe next time they should do a bit of research before they pull a 'gag' like that.
hastalasnarices

Gainesville, FL

#38 Aug 14, 2008
you know nothing about spain so shut up... that gesture is not offensive neither in spain nor in china... nevertheless it seems to be in the states where i need to remind you that people are still labeled by their race...
Ashley

Mississauga, Canada

#39 Aug 14, 2008
YOu're right, I know nothing about Spain, but I do know that the people who are representing Spain on this board are acting inconsiderate and ignorant to the world's ethnicities and while you'd like to think that people are not labelled by their race, the inevitable is they are. The people who live in China are Chinese, the people who live in Spain are Spaniards, if that's not labelling by race, what do you call that? The fact that you would retaliate with such vulgar and emotion tells me that you are not debating with fact or evidence backed opinion, please refrain from telling others who have a valid opinion from 'shutting up' because this further substantiates the fact that you are ignorant.
asdebastos

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

#40 Aug 14, 2008
Favre4President wrote:
The gesture was stupid and racist. No way they can claim they didn't know it was offensive. What a bunch of jerks. Probably knew it was the only way to get their 15 minutes of fame.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_segregati...
asdebastos

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

#41 Aug 14, 2008
JG in CT wrote:
I adopted a daughter of Chinese origin who is now 5, and know that someday I will have to help her through racist moments like this. These grown men say they didn't intend any offense, but this can't be true. They know what's offensive and what isn't, and they chose the former. It's disgusting, and shameful, and the IOC ought to have enough spine to do something about these ignoramuses.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_segregati...
asdebastos

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

#42 Aug 14, 2008
quattrone wrote:
They're latin. Their sense of decorum is impaired.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_segregati...
BelGazou

Stockton, CA

#43 Aug 14, 2008
carey529 wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow, your parents escaped ungodly tyranny in Spain? I had relatives that did that too, in 1490.
Franco instituted his own little "Inquisition" with the help and collusion of the Spanish Catholic Church, who are forever on the side of the oppressors.

Spain has been digging up the bodies of the "disappeared" for the last 10 years. Franco continued to have opponents secretly murdered until the A-hole finally went comatose. Forty years of frightened silence is gradually giving way.

I suppose that a bunch of idiotic ball players slanting their eyes for a photo is an improvement from dragging "infidels" into the town square and putting a bullet in their heads. But I also recall, a few months ago, that Spanish soccer players and fans verbally and physically abused the African "guest" players. I hope that this was not indicative of a continuing trend. The Nazi genocide also started with insults and random acts of violence. Lord knows, the U.S. also has a very large contingent of yahoos and jingoists. I think that it is only because we are now so very polyglot, that we haven't returned to the days of impromptu lynchings and the racist immigration policies of the early 20th century. Spain on the other hand is still pretty homogeneous and add to that 40 years of isolation. They really are totally not cognizant of their own racism, much as the U.S. was in the 1930's and 1940's.
BelGazou

Stockton, CA

#44 Aug 14, 2008
yoo wrote:
how can spain be a racist country??, if the marriages are allowed between gays, you do not know nothing about this country because you do not live here, we are not racists.
Homosexuality and racism are two very different things. You can be both a raging queen and also be a raging racist.
incendie22

United States

#46 Aug 15, 2008
I'm chinese and most chinese friends I know didn't find this picture to be offensive or racist at all. Maybe the people who find it racist are racist themselves? I guess it must be a white supremecy thing to stir up controversy.

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