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  • Olympic Disgust

       May 16, 2004

    I am disgusted by the latest edict handed down by US Olympic officials.


    American athletes have been warned not to wave the U.S. flag during their medal celebrations at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens, for fear of provoking crowd hostility and harming the country's already-battered public image.

    The spectacle of victorious athletes grabbing a national flag and parading it around the stadium is a familiar part of international sporting competition, but U.S. Olympic officials have ordered their 550-strong team to exercise restraint and avoid any jingoistic behavior.
    ...

    "What I am telling the athletes is, 'Don't run over and grab a flag and take it round the track with you.' It's not business as usual for American athletes. If a Kenyan or a Russian grabs their national flag and runs round the track or holds it high over their heads, it might not be viewed as confrontational. Where we are in the world right now, an American athlete doing that might be viewed in another manner."

    In other words, you should be ashamed of being an American. You should be ashamed of your country. If you show any pride in America or her countrymen, if you celebrate either of their accomplishements, you will be punished.

    Hey, why don't we change the team uniforms, too - we should remove the red, white and blue so as to not offend anyone. A solid solemn black uniform should do the trick. While we're at it, I suppose that we should remove the US flag from the uniforms as well. Oh, and make sure that our athletes know that they should never, ever, win an event - if you're leeading an event, if you're even in the top 10, pull back! Let another country win! We don't want to incite the crowd! The world already hates America, let's not "rub it in!"

    Uggh. I'm left speechless, my mouth gaping as I stare ahead in horror and disbelief.

    What can it say. Let Freedom Ring.


    Posted by jkhat at May 16, 2004 10:24 AM

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    Comments

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: kris at May 16, 2004 10:39 AM

    1. How ironic is it that the behavior consultant for the U.S. is named Mike Moran (yes, yes I know...think phonetically people!)?

    2. I have a confession. I don't always root for America at the Olympics. Sometimes I'd rather orphaned former amputee with cancer from Cameroon takes home the gold. And, a lot of times it was obnoxious to hear a whole crowd chanting "USA! USA!" while we were spanking some hapless basketball team. But, this is different. This is telling individuals who have worked their whole lives for the moment to not celebrate that moment. I have a feeling this edict is going to suffer some serious backlash and that winning athletes are going to do whatever the hell they want. They are obstinate, reckless, arrogant American cowboys and cowgirls after all. ;-)

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: kris at May 16, 2004 10:43 AM

    Should we also ban our women from going to the Olympics? Wouldn't the site of our infidel hotties in skimpy athletic uniforms inflame our friends the Arabs?

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: kris at May 16, 2004 01:02 PM

    The more I think about this, the angrier I get. I've no doubt that in the passion of the moment, our athletes will seek out the flag. Good for them. But, if any strikes *do* happen, the media will undoubtably try to blame it on our athlete's behavior. As if wrapping yourself in the flag is somehow a murderous offense.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Steve at May 16, 2004 07:46 PM

    If France, Turkey, Syria, Russia, China, Iran, Saudia Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela, North Korea, Germany, Greece, Egypt, Somalia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Libya, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The New Yorker, Ted Kennedy, Mikhail Moore, The DNC, Osama, Ted Rall, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, BBC, LeMonde, Spain, The International Olympic Commitee, George Soros, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry Heinz, The Nation of Islam, The Palestinians and Yemen hate us --- Then we must be doing something right.

     
     

     

     


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