bross-is-boss:

you ok lari?

bross-is-boss:

you ok lari?

Happy Birthday, Ana!!!

76 things banned in Leviticus

leviticusbans:

Here’s chapter and verse on a more-or-less comprehensive list of things banned in the Leviticus book of the bible. A decent number of them are punishable by death.

Unless you’ve never done any of them (and 54 to 56 are particularly tricky), perhaps it’s time to lay off quoting 18:22 for a…

mess-of-a-dreamerrr:

On her twitter, Larisa speaks really really good English, kind of suspicious but here’s proof. 
https://twitter.com/Larisa_Iordache

yeah it’s surprising how good her english is. But Catalina Ponor’s twitter (@CPonor) is real and they tweet each other, so along with that picture we can be sure it is really Larisa

mess-of-a-dreamerrr:

On her twitter, Larisa speaks really really good English, kind of suspicious but here’s proof. 

https://twitter.com/Larisa_Iordache

yeah it’s surprising how good her english is. But Catalina Ponor’s twitter (@CPonor) is real and they tweet each other, so along with that picture we can be sure it is really Larisa

Fantastics Gymnastics: Racist jokes are common in Italy

precipitationfromclouds:

precipitationfromclouds:

candycoateddoom:

mustafinaislove:

1) AA Final- aka I should dye my skin of black

[…]

The exact words were: All Around final award ceremony:

Interviewer: ‘'so Carlotta, Simone Biles won the AA competition” Carlotta: ‘'yeah I told Vanessa we…

Racist ‘jokes’ are common in Italy

Thank you fantasticgymnastics for also making an entirely stupid post.

Thank you precipitationfromclouds for providing no citations and proof to back up your statements, and ignoring when others do. Enjoy living in ignorance (and your flat earth).

Racist jokes are more common in Italy

precipitationfromclouds:

candycoateddoom:

mustafinaislove:

1) AA Final- aka I should dye my skin of black

[…]

The exact words were: All Around final award ceremony:

Interviewer: ‘'so Carlotta, Simone Biles won the AA competition” Carlotta: ‘'yeah I told Vanessa we should dye our skin black so we can medal too” (referred to Douglas winning gold at the Olympics and Biles at the worlds)” *laughs*

I’m 100% sure that was a joke, she didn’t mean to be racist nor rude, she was really pleased with her performance and happy about the final ranking.

Here’s my thing about your first point: you said she didn’t mean to be racist or rude, but did she say that? And anyway, you can’t just go saying things like that and then be all, “BUT I DIDN’T MEAN IT THAT WAY SO YOU CAN’T BE MAD.” Intent does not erase effect.

TBH. mustafinaislove’s post is entirely stupid. Entirely.

Her post is entirely NOT stupid. mustafinaislove gave us the context that Carlotta said the “dye our skin black” line as a joke. To most people in the USA this is a racist and ill-intentioned comment, but we shouldn’t ignore the culture/society she comes from. 

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former Prime Minister, described Obama as “handsome, young and also suntanned” as a joke. He claimed he meant it as a compliment, saying a few weeks later “[w]e’d all like to be tanned like Naomi Campbell and Obama”. He never apologized, and in fact referenced it for months afterwards. A year later he made another suntan joke, this time including Michelle Obama. He was Prime Minister, i.e. the country’s leader, when he made these jokes. This article has that story and more background on racism in Italy.

http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1927307,00.html

This year in a famous incident, the vice-president of the Italian Senate said of Italy’s first ever black minister: ”I love animals… but when I see pictures of Kyenge I cannot but think of - even if I’m not saying she is one - the features of an orangutan.” He went on to say that Ms Kyenge was attracting illegal immigrants to Italy, and that she should be a minister in her “own country”. This guy was forced to apologize, but didn’t even have to resign or step down from his position. There wasn’t enough outrage and public pressure for that to happen. 

Berlusconi is famous for saying insensitive stuff and the Senate guy is from a quite racist anti-immigrant party. But it is telling that powerful PUBLIC FIGURES can make these statements and suffer few consequences. The additional details in these articles (BBC, Reuters, TIME) all acknowledge this ugly side of Italy. A simple Google search will bring up plenty of commentary from more reputable sources on racial insensitivity in Italy. Anyone who follows soccer/football has surely noticed by now that many of the racism controversies occur in Italy.

So before judging Carlotta, keep in mind that she was raised in and lives in a country where racist jokes are relatively common. When basically everyone around you, including children, perhaps your parents, teachers, & politicians makes these kinds of jokes and thinks they’re okay, there’s a good chance you will too. This doesn’t mean that all Italians are racist… just that jokes (and statements) we would consider racist are relatively more common in Italy. 

We should remember that context is important, and that to some extent we are all products of our cultures and societies. Of course we should make it clear that these jokes are unacceptable and hurtful, ill intent or not. But we can do that without harshly judging others by ignoring their context.

gymnastication:

2014 is gonna be another relatively difficult year for romanian gymnastics..few juniors turning senior. We do have amazing juniors to turn senior in 2015 and 2016. Great potential on all four events, even on UB. I look forward to all of this.

gymcastic:

Oh Aliya…

gymcastic:

Oh Aliya…

n134:

' Alka, hold on! Im crying 😭 Come on dear, patience 😔 💋 💋 💋 I’m with you 🙏

n134:

' Alka, hold on! Im crying 😭 Come on dear, patience 😔 💋 💋 💋 I’m with you 🙏