Gabby Douglas and other Olympians not proudly showing patriotism

  • hartfan

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    Aug 08, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    The title of the video is somewhat inflammatory. Decide for yourself if you agree with the talking heads.

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    Aug 08, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    They just need to cause unwanted drama.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 08, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    I have seen nothing but athletes seeming very proud and showing respect for the USA. As for the gray warmups for the gymnastics team -- talk about FUGLY! Would have so much rather seen something in Red, White & Blue. I don't get the gloomy gray at all.
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    of course it's from faux news icon_rolleyes.gif

    they're always looking to be offended and creating unwarranted and unnecessary drama.
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    The gray track suits make them look like they're about ready to take their dog out for a walk in the rain icon_rolleyes.gif

    As for the gymnasts not wearing red, white, and blue on their uniforms, I don't really care. Does anyone know how many countries have red, white, and blue as their national colors? By far the most common colors found on countries' flags! Considering USA competed with athletes from Russia, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, and others, it would've been a tad bit hard to stand out just by color. I suppose the only uniquely American thing would be the stars and stripes, but how many times can that be made over on a gymnastics uniform, eh?

    Btw, why is this is in the gay news forum? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • KissTheSky

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    Aug 08, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    I would say that a young athlete giving up years of his/her live to train for a sport and bring home Olympic medals for America is VERY patriotic -- in fact, far more patriotic than the puffy, out of shape commentators on Fox News sitting around badmouthing these dedicated athletes for not wearing enough flag bling.

    Also, the gray jacket the athletes wear when accepting medals has an American flag sewn onto the left shoulder.

    Did you notice how the commentator slipped in the accusation "anti-American" to describe the athletes? So now, according to Fox News, America's athletes are "Anti-American" because they're not wearing flags on their uniforms, even though there are actually flags on their uniforms.

    The people who run Fox News should be ashamed of themselves, but they ran out of shame years ago.
  • hartfan

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    Aug 08, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    nicobolsillo said
    Btw, why is this is in the gay news forum? icon_rolleyes.gif


    My bad. Unfortunately, I don't think I can change the forum the thread is in.
  • tazzari

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    Aug 08, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Fox news lives to be outraged - that's its main role.

    But as to "... a young athlete giving up years of his/her live to train for a sport and bring home Olympic medals for America is VERY patriotic..." - Having been there, you don't go to the Olympics and bust ass for America. You do it because you want to win, and you push and push from a place inside yourself. Yes, you're proud when the US team does well, but at the end of a competition, when the hurt starts, you're really not doing it for America.

    The Olympics are degraded by too much nationalism/patriotism. That's why someone who worked for ten years to get a 5th place is ignored, and why medal counts detract from the individuals who sacrificed so much.

    And I'll never forget the time we were coming home from World Champioships and US customs treated us like terrorists. Or the time one of our guys came home with a bag full of medals, and it was all stolen between customs and re-boarding in Chicago...

    Nor will I forget the number of athletes who worked a job, went to school and trained - with no support whatever from the "Go America" crowd who turned on them when they didn't win.

    As for Fox, get back to me when the commentators have put in a decade or so of hard training and make the team.

    Sorry for the rant, but it's the way I've come to feel.
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    tazzari saidFox news lives to be outraged - that's its main role.

    But as to "... a young athlete giving up years of his/her live to train for a sport and bring home Olympic medals for America is VERY patriotic..." - Having been there, you don't go to the Olympics and bust ass for America. You do it because you want to win, and you push and push from a place inside yourself. Yes, you're proud when the US team does well, but at the end of a competition, when the hurt starts, you're really not doing it for America.

    The Olympics are degraded by too much nationalism/patriotism. That's why someone who worked for ten years to get a 5th place is ignored, and why medal counts detract from the individuals who sacrificed so much.

    And I'll never forget the time we were coming home from World Cahmpioships and US customs treated us like terrorists. Or the time one of our guys came home with a bag full of medals, and it was all stolen between customs and re-boarding in Chicago...

    As for Fox, get back to me when the commentators have put in a decade or so of hard training and make the team.

    Sorry for the rant, but it's the way I've come to feel.


    ^this.
  • MusclFurPeX

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    Aug 08, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    FAUX News doesn't have a candidate that they want to support 100% so they have to fill up air time by attacking an innocent little african-american girl

    Im sure a lot of their right wing redneck viewers(especially in the south) are saying. Can you believe that little black girl isn't wearing patriotic colors.... Gabby , be sure you have your birth certificate handy because they will want to see it!
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    Great perspective.

    tazzari saidFox news lives to be outraged - that's its main role.

    But as to "... a young athlete giving up years of his/her live to train for a sport and bring home Olympic medals for America is VERY patriotic..." - Having been there, you don't go to the Olympics and bust ass for America. You do it because you want to win, and you push and push from a place inside yourself. Yes, you're proud when the US team does well, but at the end of a competition, when the hurt starts, you're really not doing it for America.

    The Olympics are degraded by too much nationalism/patriotism. That's why someone who worked for ten years to get a 5th place is ignored, and why medal counts detract from the individuals who sacrificed so much.

    And I'll never forget the time we were coming home from World Champioships and US customs treated us like terrorists. Or the time one of our guys came home with a bag full of medals, and it was all stolen between customs and re-boarding in Chicago...

    Nor will I forget the number of athletes who worked a job, went to school and trained - with no support whatever from the "Go America" crowd who turned on them when they didn't win.

    As for Fox, get back to me when the commentators have put in a decade or so of hard training and make the team.

    Sorry for the rant, but it's the way I've come to feel.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 08, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    +1 if you knew even before scrolling down to the clip that this was from FOX Laughingstox News.
  • tazzari

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    Aug 08, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    Let me just add that I don't for one moment wish to detract from athletes who win, or deny that the first time I heard our anthem being played (we took bronze in the World Championships) I wasn't all choked up!

    But again, when we had to wear outfits that looked like Halloween costumes, most of us felt embarrassed: we were there to compete, not be sandwich boards for America. I was proud to wear the flag - but the hoopla is NOT the sport. And "Do this for America" in NOT what you're thinking when you're about to black out or go under at the end of a long race.
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    tazzari saidFox news lives to be outraged - that's its main role.

    But as to "... a young athlete giving up years of his/her live to train for a sport and bring home Olympic medals for America is VERY patriotic..." - Having been there, you don't go to the Olympics and bust ass for America. You do it because you want to win, and you push and push from a place inside yourself. Yes, you're proud when the US team does well, but at the end of a competition, when the hurt starts, you're really not doing it for America.

    The Olympics are degraded by too much nationalism/patriotism. That's why someone who worked for ten years to get a 5th place is ignored, and why medal counts detract from the individuals who sacrificed so much.

    And I'll never forget the time we were coming home from World Champioships and US customs treated us like terrorists. Or the time one of our guys came home with a bag full of medals, and it was all stolen between customs and re-boarding in Chicago...

    Nor will I forget the number of athletes who worked a job, went to school and trained - with no support whatever from the "Go America" crowd who turned on them when they didn't win.

    As for Fox, get back to me when the commentators have put in a decade or so of hard training and make the team.

    Sorry for the rant, but it's the way I've come to feel.


    i salute you. you should tweet the ass exactly what you wrote here.
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    Aug 08, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    hartfan saidThe title of the video is somewhat inflammatory. Decide for yourself if you agree with the talking heads.



    This is about as ridiculous as when people flipped out about Obama not wearing a flag pin. The colors, just like the flag are symbols. They don't necessarily mean patriotism. No one should decide how you show your love foryour country.