I love a bit of controversy, and I say bloody good on the Spanish basketball teams for their "slanty-eye" photos, which seem to have caused "international outrage" if you believe the spin of the mainstream media.
Spain's top basketball teams posed for a photo as part of a pre-Olympic publicity advertisment for their sponsor, where all are shown using their fingures to make a "slant-eye gesture". The Spanish Women's Basketball team also posed for a similar photo, using their fingers to make their eyes look more Chinese.
But the teams deny the Olympics advertisement - set on a basketball court adorned with a Chinese dragon - was a racist attack.
The men's team say they're shocked by the negative reaction, and blame the media for "stirring the pot on a non-issue". Players say they felt the slant-eye gesture was an affectionate gesture towards the Chinese (dodgy commies the lot of 'em, I say ;)
Team sponsor Seur - a Spanish courier company - says it has no plans to withdraw the newspaper ads, which will appear only in Spain and are scheduled to run until the end of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Posted at 8:21 pm