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    Spain's Olympic basketball team posed for an advertisement prior to the Games which appears to show all its players slanting their eyes, a move that could offend its Olympic hosts in Beijing. The ads, for a Spanish courier company, appeared in the Spanish-language newspaper La Marca.



    As the uproar over the picture has grown today, more information about the advertising shot has come to light. The New York Times reports that Spain's basketball team is sponsored by Li-Ning Footwear, a Chinese company founded by Li Ning, the final torchbearer who was hoisted along the top of Beijing National Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony finale. The ad reportedly references the Spanish team recently extending their contract with the footwear giant for another four years.

    The Spanish-language paper El Mundo has a piece debating whether the ad was racist that basically calls out the British press for trying to smear Spain's good name. But they miss the point. Whether the picture was made in good fun is irrelevant. It was a ridiculous idea that was bound to upset a lot of people.

    It's baffling that nobody involved in the picture -- from the photographers to the players -- even seemed to consider that this ad would be looked at negatively. Did it not occur to somebody that it might not be a good idea to mock an entire continent before the world's largest athletic competition that, by the way, happens to take place on that continent. Were they not aware of an invention called "the Internet" that allows pictures taken in Spain to be transmitted all over the world for the eyes of everyone?

    And now that the inevitable controversy has hit, they're still defending themselves when a simple, "the ad was in poor taste, we apologize" would have sufficed. This story would be slowing down if the Spanish Basketball team had apologized immediately. Now it's just picking up steam.

    The Organization of Chinese-Americans has released multiple statements condemning the picture. George Wu, deputy director of the group, said, "it is unfortunate that this type of imagery would rear its head during something that is supposed to be a time of world unity." Response in Beijing has been muted so far.

    Madrid is thought to be one of the frontrunners to land the 2016 Summer Games (the site will be announced next year). Could this controversy hurt Spain's chances of landing another Olympics?

    Interestingly, the Spanish basketball team took on China tonight, winning 85-75 in overtime. No word on whether Pau Gasol was on the receiving end of any elbows from Yao Ming. The Chinese crowd did have a message for the Spainards though, booing vigorously during the game.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/bei...urn=oly,100152

  • #2
    Saw this earlier. Pretty tasteless, even for dirty beaners.

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    • #3
      smh
      "Step into my dojo, mofo..."

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      • #4
        fuck this shit people is too sensitive. and the newspaper is not La Marca, its "Marca", alone.

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        • #5
          lmfaooooooooooooooooo pple are 2 soft now n days they should of had karate suits on 2 finish the deal
          Originally posted by InsaneLyrically
          Imagine me holding
          your legs up open,
          Imagine me kissing the pain away
          as your cherry is broken,

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          • #6
            Death to Spain

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            • #7
              lmaooooooooo

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              • #8
                gross ass greasy fucks

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                • #9
                  LMFAO...jackasses

                  Originally posted by Jasko View Post
                  Saw this earlier. Pretty tasteless, even for dirty beaners.
                  Beaners = Mexicans, not Spanish or any other Hispanic nation for that reason.

                  You know why they call Mexicans beaners?

                  Because one of their main foods consist of beans
                  Everybody was born to hustle
                  It's a very thin line between a boss and a muscle
                  - Xzibit

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                  • #10
                    highly offensive and funny at the same time...

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                    • #11
                      I lol'd.

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                      • #12
                        It is kind of funny, but this is the Olympics, not standup.... has no place there.
                        Originally posted by ethan20
                        There's a correlation between cervixal cancer in women and un-circumsized penises. Not to mention it almost cuts your bacteria count on the penis in half.
                        Originally posted by reservoirGod
                        Ethan sure does know alot about dicks

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                        • #13
                          tasteless
                          Originally posted by CWCooper810
                          I can be called a "stan" or what not, I even have a backwards E tattooed on my back.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rodamón View Post
                            fuck this shit people is too sensitive. and the newspaper is not La Marca, its "Marca", alone.
                            *are too sensitive

                            Maybe you should've been more sensitive to books.....

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                            • #15
                              hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
                              HEADSHOTS; NIGGA FUCK YO VEST

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