Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Hypocrisy Writ Large

Greece’s Olympic triple-jumper Voula Papachristou may be a racist or she may simply have very poor taste when it comes to humor. She posted a “joke” about African immigrants in Greece and West Nile virus mosquitoes on Twitter. Along with the joke Voula posted support for what passes for a far-right political party in Greece.

For the above she was expelled from Greece’s Olympic team. I am not kidding, it’s true. A woman who had earned a spot on an Olympic team was expelled for ‘saying something’ on a Twitter. It made no difference that she followed up with a tweet: "I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.”

No one is speaking out in her defense. Maybe no one should.

However, if Voula Papachristou deserves to be removed from Greece’s Olympic team for her tweeted remarks what should be done about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, aka North Korea? After all their citizens are malnourished/starved to the point there is a height difference of two (2) to three (3) inches between North and South Korea citizens.

Then what about Saudia Arabia and other countries which deny any real rights to women and have homosexuals put to death or in the case of Iran given the choice between death and a transsexual operation?

That’s right, these countries that commit gross violations of basic human rights and they are all permitted to compete in the Olympics.

Voula Papachristou, she is not permitted because of something she tweeted.

This is hypocrisy writ large.

Voula Papachristou should be reinstated immediately.


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