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Olympic Flame Lighter Posted Shockingly Racist Tweet Of Obamas

Former Olympic pairs figure skater Irina Rodnina helped light the Olympic flame for Friday’s opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, but her actions from four months ago are sparking just as many headlines. The three-time Olympic champion, an MP from Vladimir Putin’s United Party, helped hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak light the flame. But it was her racist tweet related the Obamas last September that left many questioning the decision.

The tweet from Rodnina’s personal account show a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama chewing while a hand waves a banana in the background. But shockingly, Rodnina refused to apologize for the tweet this week. “Freedom is speech is freedom of speech and you should answer for your own hangups,” she wrote.

Two-time Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva helped carry the torch over to Rodnina, but Isinbayeva also got into hot water for comments that were perceived by some as homophobic. Speaking last year about Russia’s anti-gay laws, she said that “if we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people. We just live boys with woman, woman with boys. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.

Tennis champion Maria Sharapova, who first carried the Olympic torch into the arena, spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay laws during an interview last month with The New York Times.

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  • cholly8524

    Bitch better not come to the US with that bullshit!

    • Amy Washburn

      There are plenty of people posting things like that right here, right now. They’re called, by and large, the Tea Party.

  • loretta hickman

    She’s kinder than a lot of the American’s I’ve seen posting right here at home….I had no idea of how much the president and the first lady are hated and disrespected until I read the post on line including Facebook! WOW and say nothing about our GOP members they hate the man but they also hate HOLDER………If she comes here I think she will be welcomed and cheered….Hey do you know how many American’s have said loving things about Putin while calling the president a communist and a socialist, liar, and more……

  • chocolatedrop

    I would say the Obama haters are a minority since most decent people don’t really blog. the bloggers are usually a group of bigots who hate Blacks period and are sickened by the fact that a half Black man has so much power. it is pitiful and treasonous. this idiots does not speak for the majority of the people in this country who voted for this man twice. The hate comes from the jealousy of the GOP congress that this Black man has accomplished many things that no one in their party accomplished. Had this been a republican president, Obama would be celebrated in this country. These bigots are sad and shameful. But this was brought on my mitch McConnell and the hate in Washington on the repub and teaparty.