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Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk: Olympic swimmers in gun-toting stupidity massacre

by | 10th, June 2012

NICK D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk are Austrlian Olympic swimmers. They posted photographs of themselves posing with guns on Facebook. No, not their own guns used in crime. These were hired guns they’d been firing legally on a shooting range in California.

As D’Arcy said.

“It was pretty fantastic to be honest, because we don’t get that opportunity at home. It was just a bit of fun,” D’Arcy told reporters at Brisbane Airport on Friday. It was all just meant to be a bit of fun. If anyone’s been offended I deeply apologise. It was never the intent, it was never supposed to be offensive.”

Was anyone sane offended by the photograph?

Aussie anti-guns activist John Crook took a view:

“It’s a disgrace to the Olympic swimming team. I doubt they have the moral sensitivity to be concerned about human suffering.”

Because guns don’t ever end human suffering? But let’s not get into that. The swimmers did nothing wrong. We just want to show you what people – actual breathing humans – said about the photo. Get a load of AOC chef de mission for the Olympic Games Nick Green who told media:

“This incident serves as a warning to all athletes on the 2012 team about the dangers of social media. We say again to our athletes, do not put anything up on social media that you would not share with your mother or your grandmother.”

Green’s grandmother’s views on Nick’s idiocy are not recorded. But you can check out Team Australia’s Olympic shooting team here. Proud mums and grandpas should feel free to enjoy be outraged and ashamed by junior wielding those high-powered guns.

The Herald Sun says in an editorial that is not a parody (we’ve checked):

Olympic swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk are in over their heads again, and again have only themselves to blame. If medals were awarded for insensitivity and stupidity, the self-styled bad boys of the sport would be fighting each other for the top of the podium. Posing with high-powered weapons is beyond just childish. It is an affront to crime victims and breathtakingly crass nearing the 40th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics…

While English patriots demand the French archery team be banned, the swimmers get expelled:

Australian swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk will be sent home from the 2012 London Olympics as soon as they have completed their swimming events as punishment for posting inappropriate images online. The Australian Olympic Committee decision means D’Arcy and Monk – both 24 – may leave the Olympic Village as early as August 4. The pair has also been banned from using social media, including Twitter and Facebook, not just during the Games but in the lead-up from July 16 until August 15 – three days after the closing ceremony.

So. We ask again: Was anyone sane offended by the photograph?



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