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August 19, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
Just last week, a pair of now infamous pictures surfaced
-- one of the Spanish Olympic basketball team and another of the country's Federation Cup team -- in which members of the squads posed with their eyes "slanted." Both pictures were taken shortly before competitions with China.
Now, Argentina has entered the 'racist team picture'...picture, thanks to their Olympic women's soccer team.
The photo was published - without provoking controversy - in the Argentine sports newspaper Ole on Aug 5, to accompany a preview of the team’s first match of the tournament against Canada. It was taken more than a week before adverts featuring the Spanish men’s and women’s basketball teams in similar poses sparked international criticism.
There is no suggestion that the four footballers intended to cause offence.
The image shows players Maria Potassa, Eva Gonzalez, Fabiana Vallejos and Andrea Ojeda smiling broadly as they pull back the skin on the side of their eyes, in a crude impersonation of Chinese people. There is no suggestion that the four footballers intended to cause offence.
Well, unfortunately, that doesn't make it acceptable. Instead of making excuses, perhaps these teams should begin to think about, ya know, apologizing?