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A segment today on KPCC's AirTalk over an Olympic Twitter flap has drawn a long list of comments online, not surprising given what was tweeted. Last weekend, Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou tweeted this (warning, it's not pretty), apparently in response to news that mosquitoes in Greece were infecting people with West Nile virus:
“With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting homemade food!!!”

On a lesser note, Papachristou also reportedly retweeted several tweets from the controversial spokesman of a far-right political party in Greece that she supports. And to make a long story short, in spite of her apologies since, she has now been expelled from the games in London.

The online debate has swirled not only around free speech and whether such anti-immigrant comments should be tolerated, but also around what role political affiliation should play. But it's Papachristou's offending tweet that lies at the heart of the controversy.