Just take a look at their team picture. Yikes.
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Two other examples from soccer:
Former Atlético Madrid president Jésus Gil y Gil once traded colombian striker Adolfo Valencia, adding “lazy n****” in his, well, goodbye (if you can call it so)…he also was a supporter of Franco, even having built a statue for him…
Former Spanish national team coach Aragonés once told striker José Reyes: “tell that stupid n**** you’re better than him”, referring to France’s Thierry Henry playing on his position in the Arsenal squad…(even though Aragones also had Marcos Senna, a native brazilian, on his squad during the EURO 2008)…so, after all, is it really wrong to call Spain a racist and bigot country?
at least, there aren’t many reasons (very few, to be exact) to like the spanish squad now besides them playing good basketball…I wonder how the chinese team may react to that…Yao in a torero dress?
China was so amped for that game. Marc Gasol is clutch btw. Bad foul by Ricky Rubio but he got that stop, great job by him to knock it off China and get it back with 5 seconds to go.
OVERTIME!!! Rubio was so unlucky with the floater though.
In all honesty, as an Asian person, I’m not really offended by this at all. I don’t think the Spanish basketball team and their media/marketing guys are collectively racist; I do think some drunk soccer hooligans in Spain are. It’s just really silly of the Spanish team to have done this photo, just a really really bad idea since they’re just begging to be misconstrued – given the horrible reputation that the Spanish have from the numerous soccer incidents. A ridiculous, embarrassing faux pas – but really, nothing more.
I would like to see Rubio getting drafted by team in a city with a big Asian population…
If ever they did something like that to Filipinos, they’d be banned from our country for sure. it would create massive outrage from pinoys from every part of the world including Spain. since I’m also Asian, I’m offended by their little “gesture” of sorts whatever they call it.
Racist and immature? Yes. Am I offended? Yes. But it is what it is. I don’t think the Asians who see this photo are going to cry to Al Sharpton and Jesee Jackson about it. I’m just as offended by what half of you guys (including some SLAM staffers) write on here, especially since things got underway in Beijing. I guess if you serve your racist eggroll in a witty wrapper and dip in some humor sauce, it’s all good… right?
is it all good? no not really. but even as a chinese, i find this photo to be hilarious. there’s always a fine line between funny and offensive. i used to be in an asian american theater group and we’d make fun of stereotypes. we’d pull the same stunts as these guys do here, though i suppose it’s different because the context and purpose is different? so is that what makes it acceptable?
What up, Albie. I guess one person’s funny is another man’s not-funny. I didn’t find the photo to be hilarious at all. I find it to be really offensive, actually. I don’t mind someone cracking on Asians, per se. As long as (1) you’re also able to poke fun at yourself (a la Dave Chappelle) (2) you make your racist joke funny. I laugh all the time at comedians who make fun of Asians. It’s usually in good fun. But when it’s done like this… I’m sorry… I just don’t see any sort of humor in it.
yo Myung! i think they look so stupid in the picture, it makes me laugh. then again i have a really odd sense of humor.
What’s up with americans being so racially sensitive. I honestly can’t see any racisme in this picture. Can’t understand many y’all reacting so strongly to this..
It’s racist too me..I dare anyone from Spain or the Spanish team to walk in to any china town or asian town in America and pull that move while saying ching chong ching…Hell, do it in front of the guys with the tatoos and hard stares..If it isn’t racist I dare any non Asian person to walk into an Asian Pool hall or bar and do it in front of some Asian gangsters…the shooting or stabbing was just a joke..lol so sorry!
I can’t wait until Pau Gasol walks into China Town, Korea town or Little Tokyo…oops it was a joke that your tires got slashed..haha. too funny..
I hope that Shaq or Pau check their Chinese take out or Sushi next time as the employees might think it’s funny to add “special ingredents” like spit..oh but don’t be offended or grossed out..it’s just funny!
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