The Olympics have jumped off, but before they could really get started, they have been overshadowed with racist overtones. The Olympics are not about division, but the world’s cultures gathering in friendly competition to become the best of the best. But all of that has been tainted by one Tweet.
Paraskevi (Voula) Papachristou, Greece’s triple-jump champion, was kicked from her position of representing Greece in the Olympics after posting what she thought was a good joke about Africans and the West Nile virus. But the Hellenic Olympic Committee officials didn’t find it funny and snatched her ticket to London’s games, according to Reuters.
Apparently, Papachristou belongs to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece which we reported on in June because of an altercation between the Golden Dawn spokesman, Ilias Kasidiaris, and one of his female opponents that he smacked repeatedly. Maybe it’s Papachristou’s affiliation with the party that kept her tweet from seeming innocuous. She said in the tweet:
“With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!”
Well, the tweet set off a hell storm against the athlete and cost her an Olympic opportunity. But, according to ABC, she was not initially phased by the negative reactions to her tweet:
“That’s how I am. I laugh. I am not a CD to get stuck!!! And if I make mistakes, I don’t press the replay! I press Play and move on!!!”
Hmmmmmmmmmmm…if that were true, she would not have any reason to back pedal so immediately. But her remorse came a little too late as she apologized for her comments. ABC also reported that Kasidiaris tweeted to Papachristou, “Many happy years, be always strong and true!!!” which has already been erased.
Sorry Papachristou! You made the bed now lie in it.
Read more here about how her neo-Nazi party is supporting her saying on their website, “The only racism in Greece is the racism against the Greeks,” along with a picture of Papachristou waving a huge Greek flag.