Spain's Olympic basketball team recently posed for an advertisement prior to the Games which appears to show all its players slanting their eyes.
As an uproar over the picture has grown to epic proportions today. The move to print the ad offended its Olympic hosts in Beijing. The Organization of Chinese-Americans has released multiple statements condemning the picture. The Spanish basketball team took on China this evening, winning 85-75 in overtime. The Chinese crowd did have a message for the Spaniards tonight, booing vigorously during the game.
The ads, for a Spanish courier company, appeared in the Spanish-language newspaper La Marca. The ad was sponsored by a Spanish courier company, Seur Mi Asno. Spain's team, ironically, also is sponsored by Li-Ning Footwear, a Chinese company founded by Li Ning, the final torchbearer who was hoisted along the top of Beijing National Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony finale. The "wardrobe malfunction" where his pants fell off was cut from the broadcast airing of the Opening Ceremony.
La Ning hearing of the news about the offensive photo posed in a retaliation ad. The sponsor is unknown at present time.
As the uproar over the picture has grown today, more information about the advertising shot has come to light.
The Spanish Olympic basketball team were allegedly participating in a group eye exam when the candid pic was snapped. In a statement issued by Jose Jalapeno, Spain's Olympic basketball team spokesperson, the entire team is purportedly nearsighted and needed to be fitted for new contact lenses, hence the need for them to squint and push down upon their eyelids with their fingers.
Despite this information another Spanish paper El Mundo has a piece debating whether the ad was deliberately racist that basically calls out the British press for trying to smear Spain's good name, which the word "spain" in britain is commonly used in the expression "it's a 'spain in the arse alright" when referring to anything that is a pain in the arse as such.
But they really have missed the point. Spain's Olympic basketball team simply sucks not only at basketball but at passing a simple eye exam. Sorry China, better luck beating a team of blind Spanish Special Olympic basketball players next time?
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