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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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TMZ Fraternity    

Dang that is really racist..WOW...I cant believe they would do something so disrespectful to a whole culture..WOW

2075 days ago
17.

Alfwiz    

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH

2075 days ago
18.

Reality TV Sucks    

Apparently the Spanish BBall team has a history of this sort of thing. In 2004 they also made "monkey chant" noises at the black players on the English football team. They got fined that time by the group that governs euro football...

So maybe they are racist - though my vote still leans more towards them being complete morons.

2075 days ago
19.

gotta getta life    

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH! God don't like ugly!

2075 days ago
20.

pebbles    

Rude, stupid & immature, yes.

Racist, no.

2075 days ago
21.

al loanese    

WHEN IN CHINA DO AS THE CHINESE DO AND THEY DID JUST THAT....THIS IS SOO FUNNY

2075 days ago
22.

Tigator    

NO, it is not racist. Racism is a belief that one race is superior over another. The team is not being racist but rather rude/stupid; not racist.

2075 days ago
23.

Sandra    

YOU GUYS LOOK BETTER NOW!!! KEEP YOUR FINGERS LIKE THAT!

2075 days ago
24.

Joe    

I don't see Pau Gasol or Rickey Rubio in this pic??????

2075 days ago
25.

carlota    

Va en serio esta pregunta?? Vale que quereis que gane EEUU a España en basket, pero no hace falta esto.
Aqui los unicos estupidos, idiotas y inmaduros sois vosotros

2075 days ago
26.

me bitchin    

I figure since it was a "spanish team", there will be NO backlash over this blatent racist gesture. Now, change the pic a bit , like, white people doing this and HOLY GRAIL! There would be a firestorm of hate speech flying across the news wires.
Isn't that sad? Only certian colors can partake in racial tomfoolery?

2075 days ago
27.

Maria Sanchez    

Spain isn't politically-correct conscious by any means, but it doesnt mean they are trying to hurt people. They don't have the history of the diverse culture and immigration that the US does and therefore aren't aware that these gestures may anger many people.

2075 days ago
28.

Reality TV Sucks    


#25:

FYI: People from Spain are often "white".
Central and South Americans, Puerto Ricans, etc tend to be a little darker.
The team is Spanish proper. Not Hispanic.

2075 days ago
29.

sshawsf    

If this isn't racist, then what is? White people get all upset when they are made fun of, but it's ok to make fun of minorities. I grew up with a**holes making fun of my asian eyes as a kid, and I can tell you that this if racist. When you've never been made fun of for your ethnic features, you don't know how it feels when people do stupid insensitive stuff like this. Is it not racist since you don't hear them saying words like "chink?"

2075 days ago
30.

Cool    

Everyone knows the spaniards are all racisits! that is nothing new..Just travel to Spain, whether or not you are white or black, or chinese you will see that they are.....Hey the chineses are all racist! Nothing new!

2075 days ago
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