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Spanish Hoops Squad Takes Its Eyes Off the Ball

8/11/2008 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

How do you ingratiate yourself into a foreign culture? Take a photo mocking the way they look!
Spanish basketball team
The Spanish national basketball team, gold medal contenders at the Olympics in Beijing, was featured in a full page ad that shows the team pulling back at their eyes in a slanty-eyed gesture. According to the Guardian, the ad (which is for a freight company) ran in a Spanish newspaper.

An e-mail to the Spanish Basketball Federation was not immediately returned.

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Reality TV Sucks    

Racist? Not really.

Stupid and immature? Yes.

2163 days ago
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TheMediaConnedUs    

Hey Nina, Why don't you throw down your race card on this issue? Oh wait, you don't care because it's not offensive to blacks. You're such a racist.

2163 days ago
3.

Overt    

Now lets see if the asians complain about them to the point of their jobs being in jeopardy or if that just happens to americans.

2163 days ago
4.

Reality TV Sucks    

#2--

Nina is too busy holding up paint swatches to Loreal ads to deal with the other news...

2163 days ago
5.

Farmer Ted    

Next time they can dress up as clowns or TMZ employees, wait ... that's redundant

2163 days ago
6.

FlamingoNut    

Esta racist? LOL!
And of course it is, duh...

2163 days ago
7.

JM    

That's what I call 'embracing our cultural differences'

2163 days ago
8.

RITE ING KLAS    

Esta loco. But kinda funeeeeee.

2163 days ago
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ShameAboutRaisins    

I don't know if it's racist, per se, but it is very uncool and unsportsmanlike.

2163 days ago
10.

jm    

It's just funny. People are way too quick to make things 'racist'.

2163 days ago
11.

Lilo's Beeotch    

...or maybe they are saying, "Keep your eye on the ball".

2163 days ago
12.

TheMediaConnedUs    

4. #2--

Nina is too busy holding up paint swatches to Loreal ads to deal with the other news...

Posted at 12:16PM on Aug 11th 2008 by Reality TV Sucks

How freaking hilarious and spot on you are!

2163 days ago
13.

JEnJEn    

.....probably they were just THINKING really hard??? Man people get over all the racist sh!t!!!

2163 days ago
14.

AznLA    

Is it racist? Sure... But see, we Asians have been mocked and made fun of for so long that this doesn't feel racist. Some are saying it's funny. Of course. But let's say the players instead were mocking blacks, and they all decided to sport big afro wigs. Would that be racist? Certainly.

But Asians won't make a big fuss over it. It's not our nature. We just keep doing our own thing. Make fun if you must, but no one will lose their job over this ad. No one will get sued. There are no Chinese Jesse Jacksons to call for a boycott. We won't be marching on Capitol Hill. And this is why Asians continue to get made fun of. We're the race that's safe to mock.

2163 days ago
15.

joho777    

Racist? Of course not.

Besides, the Chinese are the worst racists in the world, closely followed by the Japanese.

Try to have a sense of humor, O.K?

2163 days ago
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