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Spanish Olympic Basketball Team Possibly Racist

It’s not often in this day and age of political correctness to see a large group of people being totally racist. Unless you live in Spain. According to the Guardian:

Spain’s Olympic basketball teams have risked upsetting their Chinese hosts by posing for a pre-Games advert making slit-eyed gestures. The advert for a courier company, which is an official sponsor of the Spanish Basketball Federation, occupied a full page in the sports daily Marca, the country’s best-selling newspaper.

The advert features two large photographs, one of the men’s basketball team, above, and one of the women’s team. Both squads pose in full Olympic kit on a basketball court decorated with a picture of a Chinese dragon. Every single player appears pulling back the skin on either side of their eyes.

No one involved in the advert appears to have considered it inappropriate nor contemplated the manner in which it could be interpreted in China and elsewhere.

In the past the Spanish have been left in no doubt as to the sensitivity of racial issues internationally, especially since Spain’s football manager, Luis Aragonés, made his infamous remark about Thierry Henry, monkey chants greeted England’s football players in a friendly game in Madrid.

I’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that they’re doing the slant-eye move (which is popular only among third graders) or the fact that they are completely oblivious to the fact that it’s offensive to over a billion people. Spain is kind of like the world’s grandpa. When everyone gets together, he still tells really uncomfortable jokes that usually involve some racial slur. And when your mom tells him to stop his only response is, “What’d I say? What? So the Nippers are good at math. It’s a compliment. I didn’t say nothin’ bad. Pass the mashed potatoes.”

After digging through a few archives, I found another Spanish Olympic team photo that looks a little suspicious.

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10 Responses to "Spanish Olympic Basketball Team Possibly Racist"

  1. Yeah, people do have varying tastes for what is offensive or not. I personally find the photo cute &, being slit-eyed myself, flattering. I think it’s supposedly just similar to foreigners doing the Japanese bow (ojigi) or non-Americans wearing the star-spangled hat of Uncle Sam. But apology is due to whoever finds offense even in the most well-meaning things that we do.

  2. fuck spain says:

    fuck spain

  3. joe- says:

    it’s just a joke…i dont consider it racist

  4. Overly Politically Correct says:

    It’s actually pretty funny! Don’t be such a pussy! (or should I say douchebag)

  5. Pratik says:

    Regardless of whether it’s *really* racist or not, Pau Gasol just inadvertantly put the Lakers in a huge PR problem when 2008-09 season starts since he is on the Spanish Olympic basketball team.

    He can apologize for his national team all he wants, the “guild by association” will still be there for a while. I wonder how many boycotts of Laker home games there will be by the AAAAAA (Asian American Awareness And Apathy Association)…

  6. Pratik says:

    guilt*

    Shit! I hate it when I make a typo.

  7. Antonio says:

    Ha ha ha! Actually people ’round the world have VERY different ways to understand and to approach to other cultures. I live in Mexico now, and I can tell you that here race is not such a big issue, since this country is the result of centuries of race-mixing. You can cal a dark-skin man “negrito” (little negro, literary) and that’s even SWEET! I guess spaniards shares this relaxed way to understand the world, so, as you can see, this is a delicate front-page worthy subject just for the narrow-minded people from the States.

  8. English people are crazy. I think spanish people are more relaxed and comfortable with foreign cultures than the english people are. Maybe are they just jelaous because they didn’t even qualify for the Eurocup? They don’t know what to say to point the others sight out of their useless national team.

  9. Fuck USA says:

    Putos yankis de mierda, que el Klan es vuestro
    Fuck spain os lo meteis por el culo

  10. VIVA ESPAÑA says:

    +1