Another day, another slant-eyed Olympic picture mocking China comes out.
Today's offender is the Argentina women's soccer team. The above photo was, of course, published in the Argentine sports newspaper Ole on August 5th to accompany a preview of the team’s first match of the Olympic tournament against Canada.
Why you'd run a picture of slant-eyed players in a preview about a game against Canada is beyond me. I'd think if you'd want the players holding some Molson Ice and hockey sticks.
Just so you know, Argentina's women's team didn't win a game in Beijing.
But anyway, this marks the third photo to come out in about a week featuring Olympians mocking the Chinese. The previous two were the Spanish men's basketball team and the Spanish tennis team.
Oh, by the way, Madrid is gunning for the 2016 Olympic Games. Or sorry, I should correct that to Madrid WAS gunning for the 2016 Olympics Games.
What's weird about all these photos is that there was no outcry in the countries in which they appeared. And, in fact, some of the athletes even went on record saying that the racist photos weren't racist. This should be entertaining.
Pau Gasol, one of the Spanish basketballers, said it was "absurd" to consider the gesture racist.
What's absurd, Pau, is that you let anyone take the picture in the first place.
Now, I've made a lot of fun of China during these Olympic Games, I've even called them commies (which is true), but that's politics, not race. I don't care what anyone from Spain or Argentina says, those photos are racist, period.
Maybe if the US men's basketball team started running an ad of themselves lounging in hammocks drunk on wine while watching a bullfight, Spain and Argentina would begin to understand why their slant-eye gestures were in bad taste.
Now Argentina's footballers caught making slit-eyed gesture [Telegraph]