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Me Spanish, Me Play Joke...

8/13/2008 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

...me slant eyes like Chinese folk.
Spanish basketball team
That's basically the apology members of the Spanish Olympic Basketball team have issued to the Chinese people after mocking their eyes in a photograph that ran in a Spanish newspaper.

In a statement, Spain's Pau Gasol -- who's also a Laker in the NBA -- said, "It was something like supposed to be funny or something but never offensive in any way. I'm sorry if anybody took it the wrong way and thought it was offensive."

But wait -- it gets better. Another Spanish player, Jose Calderon -- who also plays for the Raptors -- wrote on his blog, "We felt it was something appropriate, and that it would be interpreted as an affectionate gesture." He added, "Without a doubt, some ... press didn't see it that way." DUUUUHHHHH!!?!?!!?

Confucius say: It's not wise to make fun of those who are different from yourselves.

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1.

colin    

Confucius say "Man who stands on toilet is high on pot."

2210 days ago
2.

pop eye    

I read about this earlier this morning. It was a very dumb thing for them to do. It was racist and epecially insensetive considering China is hosting the Olympics. And for me that's saying a lot because I don't get offended by racial crap that easily. That is pretty bad though.

2210 days ago
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Tangie    

Don't you know the new word for funny is "offensive" or "racist" ? Humorlesss people are taking over the world.

2210 days ago
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SushiMusubi    

that's not the entire story....you need to get the complete story.



however, it was still inappropriate to make a 'slant' eye gesture....

I use to do that all the time when I was was in grade school......and I'm part Chinese.

2210 days ago
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Amy    

Why has the world turned into a bunch of little pansies???? It was a freaking joke!!!!! DUH???????????????

2210 days ago
6.

yadaYadayada    

It's not funny if you have to explain it.

Shut up # 4 Amy. You suck.

2210 days ago
7.

AAAAHAhahah    

Come invade America and drive up our taxes with your welfare. Seems fare!

2210 days ago
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rollo tomasi    

Joke or not these clowns look like idiots to the world.

2210 days ago
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SushiMusubi    

one of their sponsors is Ling Nang (the guy who lit the Olympic flame),

this is their response:


“We don’t think this is an insulting gesture to the Chinese,” Zhang said. “In fact, the gesture shows that the Spanish team is so humorous, relaxing and cute. They sat around a dragon pattern, which we think showed respect to the Chinese.

“Li Ning Ltd. will not change any business plans with the Spanish team because of this,” Zhang added. “People should focus on great Olympic Games instead of something else.”


so there you have it....

2210 days ago
10.

j    

i am embarassed to be spanish......thanks guys!!!

2210 days ago
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Benny Barnes    

This is nothing compared to what the Chinese are responsible for in Darfur and also the fact those people like to eat dogs!

I say they are fair game for negative humor!

2210 days ago
12.

Gary    

Proof that racism is the product of ignorance.

2210 days ago
13.

Flake    

Ha, ha, ha...NOT!

I'm not worried though because they will get their asses spanked by the U.S. basketball team and will not even metal.

Japanese called that "Bachi" mother f'ers!

2210 days ago
14.

jen jen    

morons...

2210 days ago
15.

aSiF    

WOW - grow the freak up.

2210 days ago
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