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Old 2008-08-12, 22:13   Link #1
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Spanish Basketball Team in hot water... An insult to the Chinese?

Apparently, a recent photo by the Spanish Basketball Team has come to light "insulting" the Chinese.

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/bei...urn=oly,100152




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oth...pic-photo.html
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:15   Link #2
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:17   Link #3
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Apparently, a recent photo by the Spanish Basketball Team has come to light "insulting" the Chinese.

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/bei...urn=oly,100152


Idiots...what did the chinese ever do to them.
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:20   Link #4
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As long as there is humans, there will be idiots applies rather aptly I think.
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Is the guy in the front to the right using his middle finger?
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:31   Link #6
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The funny thing is that when a white person does that to me I don't mind but when I see it being done in public to others it pisses me off. Seriously wtf were this guys thinking?
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:33   Link #7
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Is the guy in the front to the right using his middle finger?
I never noticed, but indeed he is, his left hand.
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I never noticed, but indeed he is, his left hand.
Now that's plain out rude and disrespectful right there.
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:39   Link #9
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The ad reached its goal, now it's everywhere.

I think the pose was highlighting the Olympics in China, but of course no one in these days would think of anything before putting in front racism, hate, or discrimination. Of course, now there are some who are even suggesting this should be used against Spain for its Olympic bid. That makes the attacks understandable. China may use this to discourage Spanish athletes, so that they can win a few more golds to help them reach their goal for this event.
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:43   Link #10
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Well, even with higlighting the olympics in China, what's up with the middle finger??
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:44   Link #11
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I'm now more interested in their basketballs, they look more like big shiny marbles.
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The ad reached its goal, now it's everywhere.

I think the pose was highlighting the Olympics in China, but of course no one in these days would think of anything before putting in front racism, hate, or discrimination. Of course, now there are some who are even suggesting this should be used against Spain for its Olympic bid. That makes the attacks understandable. China may use this to discourage Spanish athletes, so that they can win a few more golds to help them reach their goal for this event.
I already though, London was already selected for the City to host the 2012 Olympics already?
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:46   Link #13
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2016 or 2020 bid he means, 2012 is already decided yes.
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Old 2008-08-12, 22:48   Link #14
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I already though, London was already selected for the City to host the 2012 Olympics already?
Madrid runs for the 2016 Olympics. And, they have yet to select the host for that (after this one).
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Old 2008-08-12, 23:12   Link #15
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Somehow I think the overseas Chinese/Asian communities are more akin to take offense than the people in China, where the gesture's significance is not likely to be well-understood. But that raises a point in and of itself - what did the team actually intend when they decided to use this gesture? Was it just an affectionate wink at the sponsors, as they claim? Or was it something meant for a more domestic audience, who would've "gotten" the insult even as the Chinese sponsors missed it?

I can't judge which it is, though the Spanish paper is insinuating that the British and American medias are out to smear its bid for the 2016 Olympics. *shrug*
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Old 2008-08-12, 23:16   Link #16
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Somehow I think the overseas Chinese/Asian communities are more akin to take offense than the people in China, where the gesture's significance is not likely to be well-understood. But that raises a point in and of itself - what did the team actually intend when they decided to use this gesture? Was it just an affectionate wink at the sponsors, as they claim? Or was it something meant for a more domestic audience, who would've "gotten" the mischievous insult even as the Chinese sponsors missed it?

I can't judge which it is, though the Spanish paper is insinuating that the British and American medias are out to smear its chance for the 2016 Olympics bid. *shrug*
I've been wondering about that since I saw the post on Animesuki. Was this an intentional "affectionate wink" like you stated or something or an insult like the news said.

We won't know till more news comes out.
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Old 2008-08-12, 23:17   Link #17
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I... really don't think they were being particularly offensive. I think it's just the typical US "political correctness" that unfortunately seems to clog at any kind of friendly joke possible.

I wonder what would everyone think if a manga/anime like Hetalia were to be licensed in the US.
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Old 2008-08-12, 23:22   Link #18
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I doubt they intended to offend the host country of the Olympics they are attending. They just don't see it as offensive. Kind of like the "Mr. Darkie" stuff from China that some people made a fuss over. They just don't know better.
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Old 2008-08-12, 23:30   Link #19
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I... really don't think they were being particularly offensive. I think it's just the typical US "political correctness" that unfortunately seems to clog at any kind of friendly joke possible.
My sentiments exactly. People have got to get over this nonsense. Racism is shown in people's actions when it is meant to put another race down below others. This does not appear to be in that category.


And the guy in the photo is not giving a middle finger to the Chinese.

This is like saying the Dave Chapelle show is offensive to black people.
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Old 2008-08-12, 23:32   Link #20
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I see... a bunch of men using their fingers to point at their eyes. It looks stupid, in that sense.
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