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Greek Athlete Kicked Off Olympic Team After Racist Tweets: Was It the Right Decision?

Chris D 2012/07/25 19:00:00
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Should the personal views and politics of athletes stop them from representing their country in the Olympics? Clearly her views were not politically correct but does that mean she shouldn't be able to compete?

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Greece Expels Olympic Athlete Over Racist Tweets
abcnews reports greece expels olympic athlete racist tweets

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  • Nimitz 2012/07/25 20:35:22
    Yes
    Nimitz
    +14
    The Olympics is as much a political event as an athletic one. People who do politically incorrect things should be disqualified from entry on account of stupidity.

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  • ahart Eccles 2012/07/27 18:10:48
    ahart
    Yeah when was that? During a time that's different now. That's like saying "America used to have slaves, but now they're against slavery worldwide. I smell a hypocrite." Alright boy who called hypocrite, ideals change over time, get over it. If they were still alexcluding South Africa than maybe your argument holds some merit.
  • Eccles ahart 2012/07/28 06:05:34 (edited)
    Eccles
    No sorry that still does not work for me ideals have changed over time does not hold water. Does that make sense to you? now it is OK for a country to turn it's armed forces against the population Syria being the current culprit and yet they are represented at the games.
    The USA organised boycott of the Moscow Olympics?
    Politics steps in when they find it expedient to do so and visa versa how cynical is that.
    So you are in effect saying it is now OK for a country to commit atrocities against their people because times are now different..
    America against slavery world wide and yet you as a country purchase products made by child labourers and indentured labour in the third world. Get the point, the principle is the point I am trying to make.
    I'm OK Jack is that the attitude to the violation of basic principle and humanity's suffering.
    "Time thats different", come on you can do better than that.
    Justification does not stand up to principle.
    Where is the respect when you are being slaughtered by the government representing you please "political correctness" load of rubbish.
  • wgossett99 Eccles 2012/07/26 16:31:22
    wgossett99
    Your knowledge of what is happening in North Korea seems to be lacking. NK has next to no trade because of economic sanctions. Most countries have no formal embassies in NK and vice versa. Trade with other nations is virtually non-existent.
  • Eccles wgossett99 2012/07/27 06:58:36
    Eccles
    Then why the hell are they allowed to strut around in world sporting events I smell hypocrisy.
    And my knowledge is not lacking the observation concerned hypocrisy.
  • wgossett99 Eccles 2012/07/27 13:38:17
    wgossett99
    +1
    The "Olymoic ideal" was to settle differences via sporting contests. I guess it was based on the old idea of champions fighting rather than whole armies. In fact there is a call for fighting to stop worldwide during each Olympics. (Good luck with that.)

    In any case, the Olympics are supposed to transcend politics, foster open communication and propmte peace.

    Whether it works or not, who knows? It can't hurt to try, right?
  • Eccles wgossett99 2012/07/27 14:39:31
    Eccles
    Good point and I agree. Politics and economics apposing principle and noble ideals what a mess we have made of it all.
  • Redneck 2012/07/26 13:00:28
    No
    Redneck
    +3
    I didn't see it as racist. "with all the African immigrants in Greece, the west nile virus musquitos will have some home food". Not a very nice thing to say, but kind of accurate in a hateful way. Instead of racist, I'd call it childish.
  • Loop 2012/07/26 12:24:15
    Yes
    Loop
    +1
    The real point of the olympics is about world peace and unity. And racism doesn't help that in anyway whatsoever.
  • L1 2012/07/26 12:15:35
    No
    L1
    She is entitled to her opinion, but as a representative of her country as an athlete in the Olympics, she is not a private citizen, and has to abide by Olympic expectations.

    She did an immensely stupid thing, and learned the hard way.
  • santa6642 2012/07/26 11:58:45
    No
    santa6642
    +3
    Get off the race issue , People are intitled to their opiouns.
  • ahart santa6642 2012/07/26 15:04:45 (edited)
    ahart
    +2
    First of all, it's spelled entitled. Second, she broke rules that were clearly laid out in the code of conduct presented by the Olympic committee.
  • Broken 2012/07/26 11:40:11
    No
    Broken
    +3
    Political correctness is Tryanny!
  • glen 2012/07/26 11:35:42
    Yes
    glen
    +1
    The olympics are about nations coming together in harmony not tweeting racist remarks . Ban her for life !!
  • Skye 2012/07/26 10:20:18
    Yes
    Skye
    Yes
  • Juanb 2012/07/26 09:49:38 (edited)
    No
    Juanb
    +6
    ]Then that would mean Iraq shouldnt have been in the Olympics during huseins reign also Nazi Germany should have all forfeited or Spains basketball team who won silver should have all been kicked out for their racist photo shoot making chinese eyes. bottom line is this is sports where your f!$&ng; opinion shouldnt matter just the game & i think almost all of them are racist in 1 way or another its a shame but its insane to try to control people that way.Also they should find out which jew and the palestinian players dont like the others race and expel both nations as well is racism good┬┐ no but this isnt about that



    shame insane people jew palestinian players race expel nations racism
  • glen Juanb 2012/07/26 11:37:09
    glen
    +1
    You're blaming the athletes not the leader,whom they did not vote for as there was no voting !
  • james.bowman.146 2012/07/26 09:00:04
    Yes
    james.bowman.146
    +2
    Isn't this the same country that elected nazis like last year?
  • Arianne 2012/07/26 08:57:29
    Yes
    Arianne
    +2
    Representing your country in the olympics means that the world looks to you. Thats just the way it is.
  • malikasecrets 2012/07/26 08:57:25
    Yes
    malikasecrets
    +3
    the Olympics is supposed to be peaceful competiionon. If you are representing your country, be on your best behavior and practice you athletic art, not spouting your mouth off.
  • WWZ Captain 2012/07/26 08:57:04
  • Skye WWZ Cap... 2012/07/26 10:22:36
    Skye
    +2
    Well first off, it's the Olympics. You're representing your country. Racism is a different story as well.
  • WWZ Cap... Skye 2012/07/26 17:32:27
    WWZ Captain
    Yes, the obvious is there, I see that. But I was speaking of the exposure aspect of the situation. If she'd keep her beliefs to herself, she'd still be racist..and still be on the team. This happens twice a week, somebody ruins a career by a tweet post.
  • Skye WWZ Cap... 2012/07/26 19:58:22
    Skye
    If she kept it to herself, no one would know, and no one would be offended, and she wouldn't have made herself look bad.
  • David 2012/07/26 08:53:01
    Yes
    David
    +2
    If she feels that way when it comes to race, then she should have worked harder to beat black people in sports instead of posting a racist tweet. She isn't coming as an individual but as a representative of her country.
  • baxter 2012/07/26 08:06:03
    Yes
    baxter
    +1
    YES IT WAS
  • Jerapa 2012/07/26 07:59:59
    No
    Jerapa
    Her comments hardly seemed racist.
  • Obama Y... Jerapa 2012/07/26 10:16:21
    Obama Your MommA
    +3
    How wasn't it racist?
    Dumb ass.
  • Cherry 2012/07/26 07:49:09
    Yes
    Cherry
    +2
    The 'joke' wasn't that bad. But it wasn't professional at all for someone like her to post that on a public profile.
  • Obama Your MommA 2012/07/26 07:40:46
    No
    Obama Your MommA
    +3
    I want her to come pole-vault my dick.
  • Lilac Templar de Tremelay 2012/07/26 07:38:17
    No
    Lilac Templar de Tremelay
    +5
    A missionary is sent into deepest darkest depths of Africa to
    live with a tribe. He spends years with the people, teaching
    them to read, write and good Christian values. One thing he
    particularly stresses is the evil of sexual sin. "Thou must not
    commit adultery or fornication!"
    One day the wife of one of the Tribe's noblemen gives birth to a
    white baby. The village is shocked and the chief is sent by his
    people to talk with the missionary.
    "You have taught us of the evils of sexual sin, yet here a black
    woman gives birth to a white child. You are the only white man
    who has ever set foot in our village. Anyone can see what's
    going on here!"
    The missionary replies, "No, no, my good man. You are mistaken.
    What you have here is a natural occurrence - what is called an
    albino. Look to thy yonder field. See a field of white sheep,
    and yet amongst them is one black one. Nature does this on
    occasion."
    The chief pauses for a moment then says, "Tell you what, you
    don't say anything about the sheep, I won't say anything about
    the white baby."
    Oops, I had better be kicked off the team.....
  • Scandalf Lilac T... 2012/07/26 08:58:48
    Scandalf
    +1
    LOL!!! That was awesome!
  • Diana Lilac T... 2012/07/26 14:54:12
    Diana
    +1
    Your "joke" and her support for Greek Nazis are totally different things.
  • ahart Lilac T... 2012/07/26 15:11:36
    ahart
    If that had been posted by an Olympic athlete they would have been properly disciplined. But as you lack the physical prowess and talent required to compete in the Olympic games, you can say whatever you want without breaking any rules.
  • Lilac T... ahart 2012/07/27 10:28:10 (edited)
    Lilac Templar de Tremelay
    Lolol!! I'm a National TaeKwonDo champion, dick.
  • Lilac T... ahart 2012/07/27 10:28:47 (edited)
    Lilac Templar de Tremelay
    Oh and my IQ is 141. Lol!!
  • ahart Lilac T... 2012/07/27 15:03:18 (edited)
    ahart
    That's easy to claim over the internet isn't it? And lol? Yeah, you certainly are showing me. Also you clearly aren't Olympic material even IF you are a national champion. So you can stop now.
  • Bibliophilic 2012/07/26 07:34:15 (edited)
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    +4
    Racism is unacceptable and not fitting for a famous athlete who represents her country. All of the inbred fools whining about political correctness need to find a dictionary. Being a racist dirtbag isn't funny and isn't acceptable- political correctness be damned.


    politically correct rude
  • Mud 2012/07/26 07:17:26 (edited)
    No
    Mud
    +1
    People should be able to say whatever they want, everyone's so damned sensitive, it's no wonder so many kids have self esteem problems these days, they're taught to walk on eggshells or risk being labeled as racist, misogynist, or any number of other socially unnaceptable labels. So the girl made a joke that wasn't in good taste, so what? Olympic athletes train their whole lives for the competition, she's probably been doin squats since she was a fetus, gonna deprive her of that?
  • Bibliop... Mud 2012/07/26 07:31:08
    Bibliophilic
    +2
    Fortunately, not everyone finds racism commendable. In the real world words have consequences. So no, she can not say whatever she wants.

    The comment that she made was infantile, nasty and inappropriate. It sounded like something a bratty child would have said.
  • Mud Bibliop... 2012/07/26 19:46:26
    Mud
    Didn't say it was commendable, just sayin people need to lighten up about racism, people say all sorts of things, but actions are what count. This was no reason to be banned from the Olympics, she was made an example of, to appease sensitive people like yourself.

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