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Olympic Black Power Salute 1968 Most of the time controversies at the Olympics have to do with the Games themselves. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, it was the podium antics of two American medallists that created the biggest stir of the Games. The gold medallist from the 200 metres, Tommie Smith, and bronze medallist John Carlos used the occasion to give a 'black power' salute. The IOC, citing a 'misuse of the podium to make a political statement,' sent the two Americans home immediately afterward.
Tags: Tommie  Smith  John  Carlos  protest  Olympics 
Added: 21st August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-21 
There's a time and a place for everything--and this was neither the time nor the place.

The Olympic Charter says it's improper to use the medal podium to make any political statement--and rightfully so. Imagine if protests like this were encouraged. You'd have every cause on earth wanting athletes to hold up banners, make gestures, etc. The sensible thing is to ban all political gestures on the medal podiums.

This, I think, should apply to award shows and the like. Nobody watches the Oscars to hear someone use an acceptance speech to promote a cause or a political view. In fact, events like the Olympics or the Oscars are a bit of escapism from the issues of the day. I find it intrusive when people use these events to further their own agendas.

Lava gets off his soapbox...
Posted by: donmac101 on 2008-08-21 
This was so obviously thought out. If it had been an on the spot show, followed by an apology, then I think I could have understood that emotions can sometimes take over. Even although banning this type of political outbursts from the Oscars and such like, you'll always get those that think the rules don't apply to them.
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