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If You’re An Olympic Athlete And Tweet Something Racist, You Will Probably Be Kicked Out Of The Olympics


Remember yesterday, how we said the Olympics are all about togetherness and people of all stripes putting aside their differences and forming one great brotherhood of man (for whatever that means) and stuff? Well, Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou – how to put this – fell a tad short of this ideal. Papachristou was set to represent her country in London… but then on Monday, she tweeted something that essentially translates to:

“So many Africans in #Greece at least West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food”

When you’re finished facepalming, just know that Papachristou’s tweet earned her an Olympic ban at the hands of the Hellenic Olympic Committee (which sounds like an organization that should be headed by Zeus Himself). And also know that that West Nile tweet wasn’t the only Papachristou Twitter conduct to make the committee uneasy:

Papachristou’s Twitter account 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.

“Extreme right” is one way to describe the Golden Dawn. Another popular descriptor: neo-Nazi. When you’re finished facepalming, know that Papachristou did issue an apology for her unfortunate comments:

I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.

Needless to say between the “making fun of the number of Africans in her home country” and “tacit endorsement of Neo-Nazi party” incidents, the apology rings a bit hollow. Let this be another lesson to athletes everywhere, not just Greece: be careful what you do on Twitter. And figuring out social media when you’re an accomplished athlete isn’t really all that hard. Post pictures of yourselves on Segways? Everyone loves you. Align yourselves with neo-Nazis? People don’t like you so much. Seems simple to us, really.

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  • Anonymous

    Are Greeks obliged to host foreigners for some reason?  Have they been invaded?

  • Doreen Beisel

    Stupid,stupid,stupid to be on Twitter in the first place

  • NC

    What a moron.

  • http://twitter.com/navistart navistart

    Yes, it’s freedon of speech but if your ideas are against the spirit of the Olympics (equality, fraternity and unity among peoples) your conviction is inconsistent with your participation in this event.

  • Anonymous

     Equality?  From the event that has gold, silver and bronze?  Unity?  These are countries competing against each other.   Are they really trying to rewrite the narrative of the Olympics?

    I would like to know why Israel is allowed to compete – strange how there are all these different standards, eh?  I guess this Greek girl’s mistake was not killing the Africans like Israel does the Palestinians. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynn-Grace/100003804983520 Lynn Grace

    I think you’re getting the Olympics confused with the French Revolution/Age of Enlightenment. The spirit of the Olympics is based on competitiveness and physical supremacy. 

  • Anonymous

    God forbid people speak freely.

  • Anonymous

    Loose  lips sinks ships, and her’s
    has sunk.

  • Nnovak79

    It wasn’t a racist tweet though

  • http://twitter.com/R__O__D Roderick Bateman

    In the 1960s “Anti-racists” forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration. Then “Anti-racists” forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face consequences for being “naziswhowanttokill6millionjews.” Now “Anti-racists” are calculating that ALL and ONLY white children will become minorities and eventually EXTINCT. If “Anti-racists” did this to ALL and ONLY black countries, it would be called genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white.

  • Nigger Hater

    If you are White and you say something political incorrect but true about Niggers you will get crucified by the liberal tyrants more like. Fuck niggers.

  • Hitler Was Right

    All White countries have been invaded. Thanks to the filthy satanic kikes and the White liberal race traitors who are their puppets.


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