Well, we can file this under “stupid ish you wish you could take back.”

Greek triple-jump champion Voula Papachristou was recently barred from competing in this year’s Olympic Games because of an offensive “joke” she sent about Africans in Greece.

On Monday, Papachristou told her Twitter followers, “With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitos will be eating food from their own home.”

The tasteless tweet immediately caused a firestorm of criticism causing the Hellenic Olympic Committee to revoke Papachristou’s bid for Olympic gold. The Greek committee replaced the jumper, saying her comment was “outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”

Papachristou issued an apology for her tweet, telling fans she was “ashamed.”

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.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races. 

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family

While I’m not sure Papachristou’s tweet was horrible enough to warrant being barred from the Olympics, this is yet another lesson for all of us to be careful what we say on social media. Someone is always watching.

What do you think? Should Papachristou have lost her Olympic spot? Speak on it! 

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  • Dalili

    Hmm, foolish woman!

  • Abolds4397

    Open MOUTH, insert foot (on Twitter)! The bottom line is the comment earned her the sendoff !

  • NNR

    The Olympics is an event where countries come together and people from all different backgrounds partake in the institution of sport; something so deep rooted in our society that it has become fundamental to how we operate many other systems. In essence, the Olympics promotes diversity and there is always the unpredictability of the games that keeps us engaged and excited throughout.
    It surprises me that someone that participates in track and field especially would make a comment like this because there’s a very strong presence of people of African descent in this sport, so working/competing with or against them is almost inevitable for an international competitor.
    If this Olympic dream was as important to her as she says, then I think she would’ve treaded lightly when dealing with any social media. Athletes zone in on their nutrition, training, and recovery during this time. It’s time that they start focusing on their conduct too. Her apology had insinuations of a lack of remorse with unnecessary comments like “my personal twitter account”. You’re a professional athlete. Your name is a brand. The only thing “personal” about anything posted on the internet for thousands of followers to see is that it was her opinion; which still reflects badly on her attitude toward Africans. I don’t think she’s sorry she said it one bit. I think she’s sorry that she’s missing out on the Olympics. I agree with the decision.

  • NewLook

    I’m sorry but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Everyone is going to ask her what happen and she has to repeat her foolishness each time.

  • V.S.G

    I do not agree with what she said, however I think that her punishment was too harsh for just a tasteless joke. I get it its on twitter and she can re-read what she wrote before she posted it, but the way I see it, is those of you who are insulting, bashing, and degrading her are no better than she is.
    Another thing (and be honest), if it was an African woman who got kicked out for making the exact same comment, how many of you would be claiming she got kicked out because of racism?
    How many of you would be saying its not fair it was just a joke, she meant nothing by it?

    No I am not standing up for her because she is white, or because she is Greek or any of the other assumptions you will make about why I am defending her. I am simply doing it because people do make mistakes, they say things they don’t mean and do things they wish they could take back. Yes even people in the public eye say and do things they regret, they are human just like me and you, and who are we to judge. I can guarantee that every single one of you on here has had at least one racist thought, made a racist joke or even said something racist; whoever says they haven’t done at least one of these things, I can tell you right away, is lying.

    So if she gets her chance at winning a gold medal taken away from her for a bad joke then shouldn’t people loose their jobs over bad jokes, or celebrities loose their grammys or awards over bad jokes, ect.?

    Remember what you write reflects the kind of person you are, so if you choose to insult her with your racist, degrading and rude comments, then your no better off!