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Greek Olympic Athlete Expelled for Tweets. Good or Bad?

Daryl 2012/07/25 16:12:42
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Greek Olympic athlete expelled for tweets.



Triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from Greece's Olympic team Wednesday for her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Papachristou is "placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."

Papachristou is in Athens and has not responded to calls from The Associated Press. The committee said she was to travel to London shortly before the track events start.

Papachristou's Twitter account ((at)papaxristoutj) contains several retweets and postings of YouTube videos promoting the views of Golden Dawn, a formerly marginal extreme right party that entered the Greek Parliament in the recent two national elections — in May and June this year — by polling almost 7 percent of the vote.

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  • Daryl 2012/07/25 16:15:48 (edited)
    Bad thing
    Daryl
    +13
    I read the Tweets and I don't see racism, I see silly comments and I have seen much worse from athletes that were never suspended.

    I guess the Europeans don't have a 1st amendment.

    Voula Papachristou

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  • Quazimoto 2012/08/02 20:15:59
    Bad thing
    Quazimoto
    Freedom of speech at it's finest. You can't express yourself without hurting someone's feelings. Ridiculous.
  • dekecds 2012/07/30 12:56:10
    Bad thing
    dekecds
    +1
    Here is what she said - “With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food”
    I think the racist one was the official that said - “Let her make any miserable ‘jokes’ on social media while watching the games on TV. She definitely cannot represent Greece in London,” because he assumed that she only meant one of the many races that inhabit Africa and compete in the Olympic Games.

    To support my claims I present to you several of the current African competitors from over 50 African countries and very diverse ethnic backgrounds below!

    Natalie du Toit - South Africa: Swimmer
    Caster Semenya - South Africa: 800m runner
    Segun Toriola - Nigeria: Table tennis player
    Kirsty Coventry - Zimbabwe: Swimmer
    Aya Medany - Egypt: Modern pentathlete
    Tirunesh Dibaba - Ethiopia: 5,000m and 10,000m runner

    Google several of these and you can see that they are all as ethnically different as they can get. So, racism in Papachristou's tweet? Not hardly!!

    One could say that she was being Nationalist (more like continental-ist maybe?), but isn't that the overt theme behind the Olympics to begin with?
  • Dolly 2012/07/29 18:52:05
    Bad thing
    Dolly
  • natwebb 2012/07/29 15:15:54
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    natwebb
    +1
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
    THAT WAS NOT RACIST.
  • tblackb 2012/07/29 00:21:55
    Bad thing
    tblackb
    it the social medium of today and had nothing to with the competition itself
  • ttfndude 2012/07/28 03:09:04
    Bad thing
    ttfndude
    she may have been a bit inappropriate in her joking but she has worked for years for these couple days....I would be pissed and if I were an athlete I wouldn't stand for it
  • clasact 2012/07/26 22:58:14
    Bad thing
    clasact
    when are people going to learn when and what to tweet
  • thermoguy 2012/07/26 06:02:49
    Bad thing
    thermoguy
    People need to learn with social media, hard to take it back. She is young and opinionated, who wasn't:) Opinions change with maturity, she should concentrate on the athletics.
  • mikeeonly 2012/07/26 04:32:29
    Bad thing
    mikeeonly
    +1
    prejudiced people suck
  • Matt M 2012/07/26 03:21:38
    Bad thing
    Matt  M
    +1


    Seriously. That comment got her booted from the Olympics? Tacky? Sure. But come on.

    Yeah, Greece. Sure can take them seriously....
  • Dyonus 2012/07/26 02:20:19
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    Dyonus
    +1
    Social media has given people way too much power. I mean, if she were to say this to a friend in a crowded restaurant or whatever, no one would care...but the fact that she posted it on her Twitter is now all taboo. Makes me think the Olympics are watching their athletes like a hawk. Can't say "boo" on a social media site without someone reigning hell down upon you for saying it.
  • STEVE 2012/07/26 02:06:15 (edited)
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    STEVE
    SO DAMN P.C....AND SHE IS GOOD LOOKING!!! EAST GERMAN OLYMPIC ATHLEET 1972
  • Gregaj7 2012/07/26 01:24:26
    Bad thing
    Gregaj7
    +1
    PC at it again.
  • Ms. Texas 2012/07/26 01:04:01
    Bad thing
    Ms. Texas
    Give me a break. She mentioned a part of the continent. She said nothing about skin color or race. Total PC bullcrap.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/07/26 00:33:48
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    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    It was purely political.
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/07/25 23:59:01
    Good thing
    ✞Knight of Honor
    She violated the Olympic Charter, “any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”
  • xcide13 ✞Knight... 2012/07/26 13:31:30
    xcide13
    +1
    Discrimination would be preventing someone from participating. She only expressed an opinion. BIG difference.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/07/25 23:34:16
    Good thing
    MOMMA THOMAS
    DON'T NEED THAT....
  • Riobhca 2012/07/25 22:51:12 (edited)
    Good thing
    Riobhca
    What a disgraceful pig. It's stupid sluts like her that are destroying our entire society. We will never learn to respect each other as long as women continue to behave like hogs slogging around in the mud with no self respect, no dignity and no modesty.
  • Ms. Texas Riobhca 2012/07/26 01:04:36
    Ms. Texas
    +2
    Hate women much??
  • xcide13 Ms. Texas 2012/07/26 13:32:11
    xcide13
    He should be expelled...
  • Sammy Riobhca 2012/07/29 04:25:18
    Sammy
    PC is destroying our society! If someone wants to say somthing they should be able to! (unless they say they are going to kill somone)
  • gvc 2012/07/25 22:47:01
    Bad thing
    gvc
    +1
    Nothing she said was racist. Complete overreaction!
  • Farnsworth 2012/07/25 21:27:35
    Bad thing
    Farnsworth
    +1
    What an over reaction to nothing.

    Hmmm I kinda find her HOT.
    Anybody else agree???
  • santa6642 2012/07/25 21:10:36
    Bad thing
    santa6642
    pure BS
  • Maddog 2012/07/25 21:01:31
    Bad thing
    Maddog
    Political correctness run amok! What do her tweets have to do with her abilities as an athlete?
  • Lefty 2012/07/25 20:46:30
    Bad thing
    Lefty
    +1
    Goodbye, and good ridance!
  • Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩ 2012/07/25 20:03:45
    Bad thing
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    +3
    Thought the Olympics were about sports, not politics.
  • Philo® ... Philo® ... 2012/07/25 20:04:14
  • Philo® ... Philo® ... 2012/07/25 20:04:57
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    sometimes I crack myself up. No politics in the Olympics. riiight.
  • Jack 2012/07/25 19:37:15
    Bad thing
    Jack
    +2
    If we expelled all the athletes who held racist views, then there wouldn't be many athletes left to compete! How many countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America don't have a culture where racism is the norm, and acceptable? And even in the west, many - if not most - hold some racist views.
    Most people competing in this summer's Olympics will be racist, because most people in the world are racist.
  • dragon88 2012/07/25 19:26:42
    Bad thing
    dragon88
    +2
    It was dumb of her to post what she said but its even dumber to punish someone for their political beliefs. She shouldn't be forced to conform to whatever beliefs the Olympic movement has.
  • Tim Upham 2012/07/25 19:12:52
    Bad thing
    Tim Upham
    I think she is expressing what will become common throughout Europe, as its economic crisis gets worse. It looks like a return to the 1930s. Sorry honey, the Olympic Games were already held in Berlin.
  • SJG 2012/07/25 19:07:11
    Good thing
    SJG
    Keep politics and racism out of the Olympics!!
  • 11 Phen... SJG 2012/07/25 20:07:22
    11 Phenomenon - eNews
    The suspension pretty much does the opposite.
  • SJG 11 Phen... 2012/07/25 23:26:46
    SJG
    She broke the contract.
  • 11 Phen... SJG 2012/07/26 22:03:16
    11 Phenomenon - eNews
    What was the contract? Thou shalt not tell a dumb joke?
  • SJG 11 Phen... 2012/07/27 11:23:47
    SJG
    No inappropriate tweets about the games or athletes. Each participants must sign that in addition to the doping clause.
  • dekecds SJG 2012/07/30 13:02:11
    dekecds
    +1
    So, commenting on the fact that an insect that was brought over from Africa would find plenty of home food with all the Africans that are competing, is racist? (The lineup of African atheltes this year are extremely diverse in race coming from 53 different African countries and over 20 different races. This year there are more African countries competing than there has been in a long time! )
  • SJG dekecds 2012/08/01 00:24:33
    SJG
    Yes, it was racist.

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