August 11th, 2008

Spain Basketball’s Controversial Slit-Eye Team Picture

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spanish-basketball-team split-eye pose

from the Guardian staff at, article published on Sunday August 10 2008

Spain’s Basketball Federation has published a good luck advert for their men’s team, the world champions, in which they stand pulling at the sides of their eyes in a slit-eyed gesture.

There is no obvious intention to upset their Olympic hosts in Beijing, but the irresponsible picture is likely to cause controversy and could be interpreted so as to lead to accusations of racism.

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  1. thesharkguys said,

    on August 13th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Shameful. And a particular disappointment is Calderon, who plays in Toronto where the Chinese Canadian community is 300,000-strong.

  2. JOSEAN said,

    on August 19th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I´m Spanish. Many American Chinese were mocked by white people with this split-eyed gesture or so I read in some american blogs. it´s funny; you, anglo-saxon people gave a meaning and a name to this gesture (this gesture has not any kind of meaning in Spain) and now you are trying to say other countries what´s wrong or right(bad conscience?). It´s even funnier when the first country in the world in Chinese orphans adoptions is the USA but Can you guess which the second is? Yes, my little country.
    You cannot compare this photo with other racist facts that happened in the past in football (soccer) games or against Lewis Hamilton.Most of the people in Spain reject this
    kind of facts. We have to suffer our little dose of racist and fascist groups that come from our history, but this is not the case
    You may think this is another deffensive attempt, yes it is and I don´t care i you think that. But before you judge other realities you should know it better. Each country is different even the so-called western civilization countries.
    sorry for my bad English

  3. Harry Oh said,

    on August 24th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Spain Basketball team lost due to Chinese slit eye hoops. Spain should contest their slit eye sliver medals

  4. Harry Oh said,

    on August 24th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Spanish basketball team should go to LASIK EYE DOCTOR in PA for real SEXY SLIT EYES.

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