Voula Papachristou Feels Bitter and Upset About Being Banned From Olympics Over Tweet

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Earlier this week I wrote about how Voula Papachristou was banned from the Olympics because she wrote a racist tweet.  ?With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitos will be eating food from their own home,? she wrote.  Now Papachristou is saying that she feels bitter and upset about being banned.

Here is what she said in an interview with Guardian UK:

“I have not slept at all and to be honest I am still trying to come to terms with what has happened,” she told Reuters. “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.

“I don’t know if they want to make an example out of me because of my profile, this is for others to judge, but what I believe is that they used their maximum disciplinary power on me for this,” Papachristou said. “They went straight to the final stage in excluding me from the team, which was highly excessive.”

She wrote this message on Twitter:

“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.”

And she wrote this message on Facebook:

“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.”

The Facebook post that Papachristou wrote has over 4,000 comments after being posted this past Wednesday.  Some of the responses that Papachristou has received were supported and others are resentful towards her.  Below are some of the examples of responses she received:

StreetPoet Fiebre Verde Haters gonna hate.

Christoforidis Giannis Never ask apologies from anybody!!! Others have to do so!

Victor Amokeodo Don’t you know that Greek people have also been emigrating all over the world for hundreds of years? Especially at this time of difficulty for your country? You are just an ignorant, racist fool and you are not really sorry. You still continue to associate with those who share you despicable views.

D George Varnava it was a joke for chist sake. Voula you are tops ,you have done nothing wrong. we love you. x x

Andy Hamer you might think twice before doing it again!!

Paul de Souza Youre going to remember this racist mistake for the rest of your life, even when your racist friends have deserted you and you have grown up. Ugly racist bigot. You even dye your hair, yet here you are insulting me about my racial identity. Im so glad Greek respectable people booted you out. Change your friends, rescue your destroyed life.

Lobos Djimah You’re a disgrace for the for your nation

Michael Lamendola should never have expressed your “racist” opinion on twitter, it was just stupid.

Joseph Otieno For now just go back to school and learn more about good jokes, see you next olympic

Marina Zikhmanchuk Not only the joke itself is bad. What strikes me and is really disgusting – the huge ammount of comments supporting it 🙁

Even if that was just a bad ignorant joke, a mistake, whatever, even then comments like “there’s nothing to apologise for” say quite a lot…

Sooo disgusting, really…

Xavier Crisis Coles If you’re gonna be a racist douchebag and a public figure at least have the common sense not to do it in public.

Luis Martin Herrera Your apology is baseless. The only reason why you “apologized” is because you were caught and expelled from the games. Such a bigot has no right what so ever to participate in the Olympic Games. You are a disgrace to your nation and to fellow athletes.

Stephen Beeson Everyone has over reacted. A joke is just that, a joke and does not express the true nature of a person beliefs. I am very sorry what has happen. I do not agree with it.

Wagner Lafleur Go back home and think about. I’m deeply sorry for you also.

Joseph Anthony Methot Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. You have my support. 🙂

Twum ‘teekay’ Junior Shame on you! I hope your career dies with your shame!

Joe Stevens We all make mistakes, nobodies perfect!:)

Vernando Campbell you’re a disgrace to the human race… STUPID GIRL!!!!!!

Baxter Blackmon III When you are in the public spotlight you have to be careful of what you do and say.it’s like the eye’s of the world is watching you,please let this be a lesson to all popular pulic figures.

Roger Burke Too damn late you should be banned for good

Calvin Bland I only hope you learn from this and I really only think you’re apologizing because you were put on blast about it.

Chris Willis The joke wasn’t even offensive. Wasn’t all that funny, but it wasn’t offensive! These hippy assholes clicking “like” on your page just to attack you with their “it’s ok to joke about whites but nobody else” bullshit need to get back on their meds.

Anderson Costa I’m from Brazil. Just wanted to tell you something: There are three things in life that will never turn back: the arrow shot, the spoken word and missed opportunity. You missed the opportunity to keep quiet.

George Ghines Dear Voula, I am an African and I do not feel offended by your comments which I found humourous. It is the sick mind of the leftist Greek hypocrits who wanted you out of the team. It is very unfortunate that Greece is a victim of the traitors… Take care of yourself and use this incident to re-emerge yourself

Allen LilTiggy Scott Racism is still alive and rampant. If you were truly ashamed then you would not have made the comments. It wasnt a spontaneous verbal comment, you typed it! You were involuntarily pulled, as you should have been, from the Olympics by your country so your ‘prepared’ statement, which was drafted by your country, is embarrasing. Now the WORLD knows who you are and what you stand for! Dont spend the rest of your life trying to convince us that you arent racist. We dont want your apologies, just stay in Greece and spread your hate amongst your people. I blame your parents more than anything….

Chika Ekesi when you are a public figure,always mind the way you act or speak because you’re not the only one watching or listening…just saying

Bcr Xii XIb I am African-American.. and Personally… I am not offended by your comments.. given what I know about Africans Greeks & People like You. Unfortunately for You.. You shall from this day on (FOREVER!) be a disgrace to many people around the world. But I know how you may have felt when you made your comments.. I have made similar remarks in the past.. about Africans, Europeans, Asians, Greeks, and Others.. (mostly My own Family of Whites) knowing those words were wrong and might be hurtful ..but look at it this way.. NOW YOU KNOW! & for the rest of those silly asses out there who think your comments weren’t so bad.. it’s only because they have been hiding in caves under rocks! …pitiful ass people.. really need to wake up!! People DO FeeL! ..Even When You Don’t!.. So Watch What You Say… & Likewise.. Say What You Mean! …If You Got Something Worth Saying.

Bob Reese Everyone makes mistakes, I do no think that you should be expelled from the Olympics for your comment! I am not rascist and have lived most of my adult life trying to be politically correct. Personally my mouth is faster than my brain, so it has not always been easy to say the right thing. I do not do this on purpose and I never say anything to intentionally hurt someone. I feel that this is what happened to you, you were making a comment and not being rascist. I think that people are so politically correct that they forget that not everyone is a rascist. Unless someone is preaching hate and or intolerance then they should be able to say what they want without fear of offending someone. I wish that people/Governments would just relax and be more tolerant of everyone. Its a shame that because of this attitude you have lost your chance to compete in the Olympics. I am sorry that this happened and I can only hope that someone will come to their senses and overturn the decision to expell you. Good luck and I hope you get to compete in London!!!

Scott Shelton We all make mistakes . . . It’s how we learn from them that matters 🙂

Dwight Tutt Is that all you got? That doesn’t even phase me. You narrow minded waste. Lol!

Lais Milburn So happy someone like you is not there to represent their country at the Olympics. When you think about your hurtful, ignorant and indecent tweet i hope you can relive how ashamed and embarrassed you and your family must feel. Your immediate response to being disqualified was heartless and unapologetic showing you had no remorse for your comment. Im sure this facebook “apology” was urged by the immense amount of shun and hate you are receiving right now but deep down you know where your heart lies and i hope you are content with yourself.

Michael Schlosser No need to apologize you have every right to have your opinion. Screw these guys that made this stupid decision. Best wishes.

James Brian You really are an Idiot Miss Voula.

Ricardo San Miron Stop making excuses for that ugly bitch, she got what she deserved.period.

Brian Swierczynski I am ashamed of the negative responses it created too. You have nothing to appologize for. The Greek gov. and Olympic comitee greatly over reacted. There was a time when people would’ve read your comment, laughed, and moved on with their lives. Sadly, those times have changed. Europe is no longer as free as it once was. The gov. should be supporting you. It wasn’t even racist. You didn’t use any racial slurs, plus it was a the truth. I am ashamed of what they did to you, and I support you 100%. Oh my Greek friend said to ask you about the “Golden Dawn Propoganda”

Speedy Los Sicarios Lmao dumb ass.

Norman Osment Another victim of the church of political of pc. What happened to freedom of speech, one of the most cherished values of the western civillization!