Geez, here we go again. On the 11th, I noted the idiocy of the Spanish basketball team, which posed for an official photo making slit-eye gestures. I guess this is a popular trend in Spain, because another Spanish team has been photographed doing the same. In fact, the photo was on the official Spanish tennis website.
Via the Telegraph:
The latest photo to emerge shows Spanish women tennis players pulling the pose, apparently in anticipation of their Federation Cup match against China in April.
Pictures of the Spanish men’s and women’s basketball teams making the gesture, a crude impersonation of Chinese people, were published in adverts in Spanish newspapers earlier this week.
The photos, which were reprinted around the world, added to Spanish sport’s poor reputation for racial sensitivity.
The latest image appears to show players in Spain’s Federation Cup team doing the “slit-eyed” gesture along with members of their support staff. There is no suggestion that they intended to cause offence.
It was apparently taken after the team defeated Italy in the quarter-finals of the competition – the leading team contest for women tennis players – in February.
But you know, it’s us ignorant Americans who are the biggest racial bigots in the world.