Friday, August 15, 2008

Spanish Team Has Slanted View of Reality

A promotional photo of the Spanish men's Olympics basketball team, using their index fingers as if to slant their eyes, has sparked controversy with Asian rights groups. News reports on the photo have stirred controversy, particularly outside China. Some have criticized the team for making a racist gesture, an assertion the team denies. Point guard Jose Calderon said a sponsor asked the team "to pose with a 'wink' to our participation in Beijing" and that "we made an Oriental expression with our eye." "We thought it was something appropriate and that it would always be interpreted as somewhat loving. Nevertheless, some of the European media did not see it this way."

Hey, it could have been worse. At least they weren't seen picking lice off of each other's back and tossing bananas as the Americans.

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