Voula Papachristou's Twitter account contained several retweets and postings of YouTube videos promoting the views of Golden Dawn, an extreme right party. (Matt Dunham/AP)Some members of the CBC Community felt that Papchristou's attempt at humour at the expense of African immigrants to Greece was grounds for dismissal from the Olympics.
- "Yes, she should be expelled. Ignorance is no excuse," said Kargor.
- "Actions have consequences. Really nothing else to say," said WestCoast Guy.
But many commenters felt that her expulsion wasn't warranted and smacked of political correctness.
- "Her joke, and her right-wing politics, deserve our disgust and derision. But does she really deserve to be kicked out of the Olympics? Not sure about that," said Try Harder.
- "This is exceptionally ridiculous. Four years of her life training for the Olympics has now been wasted just because a handful of politicians believe they are morally superior than everyone else. People do not have a right to not be insulted. Who gave these leftist narcissists the authority to become the thought police?" said Just be honest.
- "She spent her entire life training for this moment. She said something stupid that she regrets and she apologized profusely. She was expelled by some politicians who don't work anywhere near as hard as she has, say much worse than that every day and seldom apologize. And it's not even like her remark was that offensive," said MsTerr.
- "She apologized profusely when she realized she would be booted from the team. Her initial remarks were pointedly unapologetic," replied Big Sibling.
- "What she said was silly and callous but I don't think she deserves to have years of training and effort wiped out for saying a dumb joke...probably one she heard and repeated. Accept her apology and move on," said angysdad.
- "Good. She should be expelled. These foolish young people think they are immune to simple good manners and respect. They simply don't think about how vast the technology is that they have embraced without thought or care. Too bad if she loses her dream. Tough. Grow up," said An Interested Reader.
Thank you, as always, for following our news coverage. What do you think? Was Papachristou kicked off the Greek Olympic team for her tweet or her politics? Was expelling her from the Olympics justified?
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