Be careful what you tweet

With the Olympics just around the corner, sports news is beginning to transfer a little bit from baseball, basketball and football to more individualized sports like track and field, swimming and diving. It’s nice little change-up every now and then to watch a different athletic competition then what we are accustomed to. It’s also a nice change to watch athletes perform for their countries, and not for a paycheck.

Also, we start hearing all these different stories about these Olympians, both good and bad. One of the scary things you come to realize are how young most Olympians are these days. Most of the athletes are amateurs, meaning that a lot of these athletes are still teenagers, or are in their early 20s.

You already know about Michelle Jenneke at this point, and god her bless her soul. Unfortunately she did not qualify for the Olympics, though, and this is very disappointing.

Today a story broke about another young Olympian, named Voula Papachristou, age 22, from Greece — who also will not be participating in this year’s Olympics.

However, it is not because she didn’t qualify, but it’s because she was banned by the Greek Olympic Committee after she wrote a racist tweet on her Twitter account.

She wrote the tweet earlier in the week. It was in Greek, but after being translated, it reads ““With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food!!!”

Ouch.

I mean, compared to what people typically put on Twitter, this is pretty harmless. People say worse things than this every second on Twitter. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. However, most people tweet such nonsense are nobodies. They don’t represent anybody or anything but themselves.

Therefore, when you are actually representing an entire country, it would probably be sensible to use a little bit of discretion.

Anyway, the articles say that after she received tons of negative feedback, she tweeted “”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!!!”

In other words, that tweet can be translated to “YOLO!”

And then of course, less than 24 hours later, after the shit hit the fan, she offered an apology tweet, in English this time, saying, “”I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.”

Obviously, based on her prior tweets, she’s not sorry. But she understands she screwed up. Honestly, if anything, I don’t consider her a racist. i just think she’s ignorant. She obviously was completely unaware of the consequences of her actions.

And it’s a shame, because she’s really, really hot.

But anyway, the reason I am bringing this to light — other than to showcase a hot Greek woman — is because I don’t blame Voula. I don’t blame her for not realizing the severity of her actions. This situation is just another example of how politically correct the world has come.

I’m not condoning her joke — it was obviously offensive. But when we originally made Facebook and Twitter accounts, we never thought it would get to the point where we could lose our jobs over it. It’s crazy.

When Facebook first began, people would just post about how drunk they are getting at college. They would use expletives on their own walls. Now, people don’t even post anymore out of fear of it falling into the wrong hands.

And when people do post, we’re all best friends all of a sudden.

“Oh my god, I lost 27 pounds!” 19 people like this.

“I have a job interview today — wish me luck!!!” 44 people like this.

“I just made a pot roast!” 196 people like this.

Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned “go fuck yourself” response. I really miss those.

Anyway, so that’s what Facebook has become. And it has been that way for a while. And that is exactly why I created a Twitter account. I did it to post all my stupid non-politically correct jokes and observations. And now it’s getting to the point where I can’t even do that anymore.

Fortunately, I am not famous. So I don’t really have to worry about it now. But if I ever do become known for whatever reason — good or bad — man, I am going to have to go back and delete a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff.

It used to be, “be careful what you say to the media.” Because that was the only time you were on record.

Then it was “Be careful what you post on Facebook,” because everything is public. And now with all of these ‘fan pages,’ you can’t really adjust your privacy settings if you are famous. #Firstworldproblems.

And now, it’s “Be careful what you tweet.” Who would have ever thought that somebody would be banned from the Olympic games because of a tweet.

But you know what they say. Life is a bittertweet symphony.

I’m not even going to apologize for that joke. It was pretty good.

Anyway, what is going to be the last step, “be careful what you think?” Seriously, nothing seems far-fetched anymore in this day and age.

Oh well. So I’m afraid to tell my readers that I am about to embark on possibly my longest hiatus yet. I am heading up to Newport, Rhode Island for the prestigious Newport Folk Festival this weekend, and I am going to be out of action for the next six days. So you guys will have to just bear down and grind it out until I return. But don’t worry, one week from today, I will be back.

Although, I could be back sooner if I were to get banned from Rhode Island for inappropriate blogging. You never know…

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