Spanish Basketball Teams' "Slit-Eyed" Gestures In Olympics Advertisement (PHOTO)

Spanish Basketball Teams' "Slit-Eyed" Gestures In Olympics Advertisement (PHOTO)

It's tough to know what Spain's basketball teams were thinking when they chose to collectively make "slit-eyed" gestures (above a stenciled dragon) while posing for a pre-Olympics advertisement.

The Guardian reports:

Spain's Olympic basketball teams have risked upsetting their Chinese hosts by posing for a pre-Games advert making slit-eyed gestures. The advert for a courier company, which is an official sponsor of the Spanish Basketball Federation, occupied a full page in the sports daily Marca, the country's best-selling newspaper.

The advert features two large photographs, one of the men's basketball team, below, and one of the women's team. Both squads pose in full Olympic kit on a basketball court decorated with a picture of a Chinese dragon. Every single player appears pulling back the skin on either side of their eyes. The advert carries the symbol of the sport's governing body.

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