Skip to comments.Greece expels Olympic triple jumper Papachristou over Twitter comments
Posted on 07/25/2012 11:04:38 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
ATHENS, Greece Triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from Greece's Olympic team Wednesday for her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Papachristou had been excluded from the team "for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."
Papachristou is in Athens and has not responded to calls from The Associated Press. The committee said she was to travel to London shortly before the track events start. Papachristou's Twitter account ((at)papaxristoutj) contains several retweets and postings of YouTube videos promoting the views of Golden Dawn, a formerly marginal extreme right party that entered the Greek Parliament in the recent two national elections -- in May and June this year -- by polling almost 7 percent of the vote.
But it was her attempt at a joke Sunday that went viral. Commenting on the widely reported appearance of Nile-virus-carrying mosquitoes in Athens, Papachristou wrote: "With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!". Her tweet prompted thousands of negative comments that snowballed Wednesday.
Before the publication of the last tweet, Democratic Left, one of the three parties in Greece's coalition government, had published a statement assailing the "racist humor" and calling on the Hellenic Olympic Committee to expel Papachristou from the Olympics "Let her make any miserable 'jokes' on social media while watching the games on TV. She definitely cannot represent Greece in London," the Democratic Left statement said.
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That's funny, but not to the left PC crowd. Lighten up people.
if that’s the view of greece’s government I guess it’s no wonder that country is the model for epic failure in the world.
uh oh I hope that comment wasn’t “racist”
Problem is now, anyone who comes to her defense to have her reinstated will be labeled as racist.
Greece is so left it’s not funny.
Cubs fan, eh? I’ve been suffering all my life too.
One of the most “not guilty” girls ever featured on FR.
BJ Clinton has already issued a post-POTUS pardon, BTW.
She should have joked about one of us groups who can take one on the chin without crying.
Why is a country that is broke still accept immigrants? (I know, the US is doing the same.)
Do they expect other countries in the EU to support them?
How sweet it is!
Whatever happened to sticks and stones?
It disappeared in the sixties along with most things called good at the time. Now your life will be destroyed if you say anything negative about certain breeds in the barnyard
I had something important to say... but, eh... what was this thread about?
It’s ‘’Greek’’ to me!!
Yeah, you raciss ..... Voula raciss ....
Everybody to the right of Lenin is raciss ....
Stalinist "intellectual" Susan Sontag once said, "The Caucasian race is the cancer of the planet." Get it?
We have our own, Lolo and Solo
And she's very fast. ...wins this race.
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