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.
And she's very fast. ...wins this race.
Unfortunately she didn’t qualify for London.
The Golden Dawn? Sounds like a bunch of trippy dippy hippies to me:
Too bad for Greece..they could have taken her used panties after every workout and put them on eBay and the country would have gone from debt to a surplus...
bump for after work viewing
Sick but hilarious!
Alright! Put another shrimp on the barbie, mate.
Dig the attitude from the girl in the background. She’s hatin.
What a waste over a Tweet!
Wonder how many Black Athletes have been sent home or denied participation for calling for the murder of George Zimmerman?
Her comments may have not been in good taste...but they were not so offensive to kick her off the team.
She got kicked off because she favors a right wing political party...and the IOC (along with its member nations) are quite liberal...all Globalists are liberals.
Of course, nothing being done about the IOC’s anti-Semitism for not honoring the 11 slain Jewish athletes at Munich
That's why they didn't put a right to vote in the Constitution.
Wow! What a beautiful girl. Your loss Greece. Maybe she’ll emigrate here after obozo loses.
She was kicked off for supporting a right wing party. That would be like Phelps being kicked off the US Swim team for saying that Romney will win.
I see a toe.
Exactly how is this statement racist?
Did this athlete, at some point, say something else that actually was racist?
The only conclusion I can draw from this story is that political correctness seems to be running amok in the world...
It’s because the leftists know her politics. Had a supporter of theirs tweeted that joke, nothing would have come of it.
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