Social media faux pas happens to everyone. And it happened to Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou. We first posted a few days ago that she was booted from her country's Olympic team for posting a racial joke to Twitter. She now says that the punishment has left her "very bitter and upset".
She posted a tweet earlier this week that translated to: “With so many Africans in Greece…at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food!!!”
She did apologized for the tweet later on, but that wasn't enough to prevent Greek Olympic Committee from expelling her from the games. A spokesperson told the Associated Press that the episode had prompted the country’s committee to prohibit Greek Olympians from using social media to talk about anything not directly related to the Games for the remainder of the event.
Papachristou tells the Guardian she believe her punishment was too harsh.
“I have not slept at all and to be honest I am still trying to come to terms with what has happened,” she said. “I am trying to stay calm otherwise I would lose control. I am thankful to my coach and family and so many other people who have stuck by me. After so many years of hurt and sacrifices to try and get to my first Olympics I am very bitter and upset. But what has upset me the most is the excessive reaction and speed of the disciplinary decision.”
Do you think her punishment is too harsh? Should she have been allowed to play in the games? Though one school of thought would say that racism is totally unacceptable, especially since athletes like Papachristou are on a global stage participating in the Olympics.