Thursday, August 14, 2008

Olympics: Spain's eye-catching faux pas

I've said before that I don't usually post news articles on TOTI, but I guess I'm going to stop saying that and just accept that sometimes they are the best thing on the Interwebs.

Olympics: Spain's eye-catching faux pas is a news article by Sid Lowe of The Guardian. As follows:
"Spain's Olympic basketball teams have risked upsetting their Chinese hosts by posing for a pre-Games advert making slit-eyed gestures...

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. No offence was intended by the advert, but whether the Chinese see it that way is a different matter and it is likely to provoke more criticism at a delicate time for Spanish sport."
Really Spain? Really? Haha wow.  That's the best part of the article there, NO ONE in the entire editorial process thought this could possibly be construed as offensive.  From both teams of players to the photographers to the editors. Slam dunk, baloncestho. You win today's TOTI.

(From my friend Clayton)


Daniel said...

Yeah, Spaniards are pretty racist... especially against Asians. This doesn't surprise me, sadly.

Jennifer Klimowicz said...


I second Daniel.

I'm not surprised in the least bit either. Political correctness is not so in vogue in Spain.

To the average Spaniard, anyone with slit eyes is a "chino" regardless if they are ethnically Japanese, Laotion, Chinese, etc etc.