Yahoo – Greece’s triple-jump champion was expelled from the Olympics after posting a tasteless tweet about Africans and the West Nile virus. Hellenic Olympic Committee officials announced Voula Papachristou wouldn’t travel to London after she tweeted a joke about African immigrants. On Monday, the track athlete posted a tweet reading, “with so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitos will be eating food from their own home.” The comments created an uproar on Greek social media. Papachristou didn’t address the criticism on Twitter for two days. Greece later announced it would place Papchristou “outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”
And because I’m apparently only here to answer token racial questions and allow my genius to go underutilized, I’ll keep my head down and give you all the final word on Ms. Voula Papchristou’s tweet: not racist. Insensitive? Sure. Ill-timed? Absolutely. Dumb? Without question. But not racist I don’t think. She didn’t say anything about her inherent superiority over the Africans or offer harmful African stereotypes…she only said some ignorant comment about West Nile mosquitoes. She may very well be a racist, but what she tweeted was nothing to get kicked out of the Olympics for.
If anything they should make her go to the Olympics as punishment so the African triple-jumpers can embarrass her and her dumb ass future third-world country on a worldwide scale. I don’t know what the outlook is for Greece’s triple jump squad this summer, but I can almost guarantee there’s a country ahead of them that features people of African descent that she totally wasn’t going to beat. Why? Hey don’t ask me — ask God.
Also, the Olympics is already full of racist/sexist policies as it is. Kmarko said it pretty well:
And are the Olympics for real talking about values and ideas? Uhh Iran straight up refuses to compete against Jews and Saudia Arabia is sending ZERO women. But that’s fine. Just no joking on the tweet machine.
Let’s get real. Besides, there was a 400% chance this chick would have been tagged by at least 3 black Olympians during her time in London. No chance she would’ve escaped the Olympic village without having a Jamaican long jumper or some USA Select Team basketball player explore her Euro zone.