Posted by Ian
How the hell did anybody ever think this was a good idea?
That’s four members of Argentina’s Olympic football squad, according to The Guardian. Apparently the photo first appeared earlier this month in one of the country’s own sport journals.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, it follows similar discoveries of equally thunderously un-PC photos, this time of Spain’s basketball and tennis players, pulling precisely the same gesture.
What on earth is going on? Comments from the countries involved that the photos were meant in goodwill, or that the protagonists were being ironic, just won’t do. When it comes to enactments of such an obvious racial slur, there can’t be any room for ambiguity.
Am I being naive, however? Might some parts of the world really be that accommodating to nationally-endorsed demonstrations of 1970s sitcom racism?
China, thankfully, are getting the last laugh. After all, whereabouts are Argentina and Spain in the Olympics medal table?