Friday, February 26, 2010

Ridiculous double standard!

Women's hockey team members compelled to apologize for celebrating their Olympic win with beer and cigars.

The Canadian women’s hockey team apologized Friday for their post-victory party, which featured beer and cigars, moving back onto the ice at Canada Hockey Place.

Photos of several players celebrating about an hour after their 2-0 gold-medal victory over the Americans made their way onto the internet late Thursday. That angered Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, who was quoted as saying that, “I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values.” He also promised an investigation.

“We realize we should have kept our celebrations in the dressing room,” national team veteran winger Jayna Hefford said Friday. “It was well after people had left the building. We had done it before and some of our favourite memories are going and sitting on the ice and getting a picture by a logo or taking in the atmosphere of the arena once everybody leaves.

How Mr Felli could manage that pompous little speech with that enormous stick rammed up his ass I'll never know.

Can we expect a huge public scandal if the men's team tip a few beers after their last game? I suspect that might be a the mild end of celebrations that may be more Fellini's Satyricon than beer and cigars on home ice.

After the absurdly lame justifications for refusing to allow women to ski jump (and reveal the embarrassing fact that there are female jumpers with better distance than the top men.) it seems more and more that the men at the top echelons of the Olympics have serious issues with women and particularly women athletes.

UPDATE: What CathiefromCanada said!


Earnest Hussein Dodge said...

I'm just trying to make sure I understand you exactly here-- what exactly is the double standard-- that male gold medal-winners were allowed to party underage on the ice and have their pictures taken?

Diner Diva said...

Yes, that's exactly the point. It wouldn't have been a big deal if had been a men's team celebrating like that. And if the IOC is so concerned about good sportsmanship how about demanding an apology from the Russian figure skater who was pouting after his second place finish? That wasn't a shining example of good sportsmanship at all.

And don't get me started on the women's ski jumping - I don't understand how an international organization can be above requirements for gender equality.

Earnest Hussein Dodge said...

I think probably what would have happened is that by the "magic of the 'Gentleman's Code'" if the team had been male, somehow the underage guy would not have appeared in the picture, and then somehow it wouldn't have seemed so bad, at least to Americans. You're oh so right about Plushenko the whining pouter! And the women's ski jumping! I laughed my ass off watching Plushenko on the medal platform... he looked so very unhappy to be there, yet he had an Olympic medal!

Cliff said...

Underage drinking, good Lord. How about including the context that she is actually 18 and legal in most of Canada, and only a few months away from being 19 and legal in BC?

Are you really pissing and moaning about an 18 year old WHO JUST WON AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL celebrating with a sip of beer?

Earnest Hussein Dodge said...

I was trying to discuss the issue. I don't have a personal opinion in the matter. But since the discussion has turned moronic, Im out.

Cliff said...

Interesting reaction to robust discussion and the inclusion of context.

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