Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas responds to backlash to … of all things … her hair, following the trend of awesome female Olympians taking down their critics.
On the other hand, we have Fox News, which decided that Douglas isn’t patriotic enough.
Click for the Zoe Smith commentary.
Borrow Build Abandon - collection of photos from long-abandoned olympic sites
Wow. Check this link out. This sums up exactly why I don’t believe that the Olympics are always a good thing for an area or city.
(via seekingspirits)Source: ticklr
i told my mom they edited it and she was all ‘i’m sure they had good reason’
and i didn’t know why they did it until now.
Ummm, no. Fuck you, NBC. You don’t get to tailor an opening ceremony. It is that country’s turn to showcase themselves. If someone cut out a 9/11 tribute for a pointless interview with one of their own athletes it would probably be portrayed as a deplorable, deeply offensive insult to the American people or some bullshit like that. I’m obviously still angry about this.
Also, could you be more patronising?
“It’s a credit to Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”
Are you kidding me? What? Because no other country could possibly do it correctly?
“We only had to fix it a little bit. Your effort was only a little bit not good enough for us. Thanks for your incredibly expensive and elaborate performance representing thousands of hours of work and the essence of your culture; it was almost acceptable as it was!”
The last time the Olympics were in London in 1948 was also the first time an Asian American won a gold medal in the Games. That distinction belongs to 91 year-old Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Lee, who was born in Fresno, CA and is of Korean descent.
He won in diving, for those who are interested in such details. It’s worth noting because diving involves jumping into a swimming pool, and swimming pools, as we all know, have a history with racism in the US. From wikipedia:
As a twelve-year-old in 1932, Lee dreamed of becoming a diver, but at the time Latinos, Asians and African-Americans were only allowed to use Fresno’s Brookside Pool on Wednesdays, on what was called “international day”: the day before the pool was scheduled to be drained and refilled with clean water. Because Lee needed a place to practice and could not regularly use the public pool, his coach dug a pit in his backyard and filled it with sand. Lee practiced by jumping into the pit.
So this guy won an Olympic gold medal after learning to dive while jumping into a fucking sand pit in someone’s backyard because white people wouldn’t allow him to train in a regular swimming pool.
(via ushistoryminuswhiteguys)Source: disgrasian.com