[shaking head]Somehow, the Olympics once again manages to bring out the best and the worst in people.
Yeah, I dont even know how they think that would've have been funny and not offensive...duh.
ugh. That "apology" was not really very apologetic at all.
In Chile that's not considered offensive either (although you wouldn't do it in a formal setting), and it kills my liberal Californian soul a little every time someone does it. Here there is just so little diversity that they haven't really adopted social norms of how to treat/refer to other cultures.
It took me a minute to even get what they were doing.That just makes me sad.
"i'm sorry that you're offended, but i'm not really sorry."the bear and me had a heated discussion on this last night. thankfully we were in agreement.
This entire Olympic experience has been tainted for me. I knew that once China was given the OK, that they'd resume business as usual and renig on many of their promises, such as free internet access for journalists. With all of the scandals and drama I feel as though the attention has been robbed from those who truly deserve it: the athletes.
I just don't understand why they would even think to do that.
What a bunch of tools. I can't wait until Team USA smokes them in the next round.
I'm with Sarah - I literally thought they were pointing to their brains like "it's all in here."
people are low.
ugh... clearly they need lessons on cultural sensitivity and PR.
plashke had a great article on this. he needs to make a real apology, and mean it, quick. otherwise, i see all those cheers for him last year turning to boos.
WTF? An "affectionate gesture"?! Please.
i've got a gesture for 'em right here.
Apparently other Spain teams did this as well - part of some misguided ad campaign. I didn't see the China Spain game, but I hope Yao Ming brought the smack down.
i'm with wan. i have a gesture for them. i'm always stunned when people think this stuff is okay.
Um, wow. Terrible.