Voula Papachristou: Booted from Greek Olympic Team for Racist Joke

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In fewer than 140 characters, the 2012 Olympic dreams of Voula Papachristou have been dashed.

Greece's triple-jump champion has actually been removed from her country's national team just days prior to the Opening Ceremony in London because she posted the following Tweet on July 22:

"With so many Africans in Greece .. At least the mosquitoes of West Nile .. will eat homemade food!"

Voula Papachristou Picture

With backlash building and rebuke of this tasteless joke strong, Greece has announced that Papachristou will not compete at the Games due to "statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."

She has since issued her own statement/apology:

I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.

Do you think this was a proper punishment for Papachristou?

 

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Thanx White girl, and Mr GUN!! The JEW-run media is trying to dissuade anyone with a clue about "Multiculturalism" and how this is OBVIOUS genocide against whites. These races who breed like rats and are PARASITES on our communities of course are applauded by the CONtrolling JEWs b/c it WEAKENS our cause to throw these JEWS-parasites out of our countries like they have been EXPELLED for centuries!

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Social media can blackball on you easily. If the company you are "working" for doesn't like what you post, you can get fired at any time. But I have to say, her tweet wasn't tastefully displayed for the public to view. Actually, it was pretty ignorant towards African Americans. It does sound off with the nazis and skinheads in the world. And it seems that there a lot commenting on this site who agree with what she tweeted. What the world is coming to!!!

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She openly supports Golden Dawn in her country which is far-right political groups similar to skinheads or the neo-nazi fools here in the U.S. They are good bunch of folks over in Greece that are credited with beatings of ethnic folks, migrants and defacing synagogues and such. She wasn't making a joke, for you ignorant folks out there. She was making a statement. The greek olympic commitee made theirs and I agree. The woman is not too bright. I hope she didn't practice too hard.

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How outrageous! Because of this she's booted? Good grief, people.
The more people give in to these suddenly hypersensitive low IQ 3rd worlders, and high IQ, no common sense academics, the more they demand.
And why don't even mosquitos deserve a little home cooked food once in a while?

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Words actually mean things. What a fitting name for cipher1111: Definition of CIPHER
1a : zero 1a b : one that has no weight, worth, or influence. Cipher1111 sounds like a vacuous stooge for the politically correct. Cipher1111 wrote:
"She's had numerous racist twitters posts before this although this was definitely the worse." Grammatical errors aside, this underscores my point. If THIS was "definitely the worst", this is ridiculous. I was assuming perhaps she had done worse previously. But this apparently is the worst. AND THIS IS NOT RACIST IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, MANNER, OR FORM. Cipher1111, please set aside your moral indignation for just a moment, and explain to me how her comment is racist.

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She's had numerous racist twitters posts before this although this was definitely the worse. She also retweeted Ilias Kasidiaris, a politician in Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party and some other neo-nazis. The Olympics is one of the few peaceful global events that take place; she should not be there to represent her country. It would be a slap to the face of many African athletes (and Black athletes representing the U.S., Canada, and western countries) competing in the Olympics.

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Yes , we'er waiting for our men to take action !11 where are you ? when will you defend us !@#

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THIS SHIT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL WE G4ET TOGETHER AND REMOVE ALL THESE JEWS AND NIGGERS FROM OUR LAND ... AND HANG OUR TRAIORS !!!!

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What the athletes said his not racist. She didn't say "my country is broke like a black guy".. Or "running makes me work up a sweat like the black guy at a free dance"... Come on people!!

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The comments below about Matt only underscore who the REAL TROLLS are around here! It's not only annoying...it's offensive! These are trash mouths that need be booted and hard----clear over to the TMZ site. Let them be their headache for awhile! PIGS!