IOC bans US Constitution from US Olympic hockey helmet

One day after accusing US President Barack Obama of “political terrorism,” the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned the words “We the people” from the helmet of US women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter.

The IOC ruled that the phrase was “propaganda,” which is banned by the IOC.

InGoalMagazine, which first reported the move by the IOC, received an explanation from artist Ron Slater, who is going to repaint the helmet for Vetter.

The portion of Jessie Vetter's helmet that was banned by the IOC (courtesy of In Goal Magazine).

The portion of Jessie Vetter’s helmet that was banned by the IOC (courtesy of In Goal Magazine).

“No writings of any kind to promote the country is allowed,” Slater told InGoal. “A sort of ‘our country is better than your country’ kind of thing that the IOC frowns upon. Her name had to come off because they see it as self promotion. They wanted everything to be team based. … Our original idea was ‘land of the free, home of the brave,’ and that would have had to have been removed as well.”

Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski asks why, then, was Slovakia permitted to sew its entire national anthem into its uniforms?  And it’s a fair point.  How is the US Constitution, a legal document, “propaganda,” but the Slovakian national anthem, which is actual national propaganda, is not?

Here are the Slovakian, um, uniforms from afar (photos courtesy of Slovak Prospects):

slovakian-olympic-uniform-2And here’s the close-up showing that the horizontal lines are really the national anthem.  It’s a neat idea, in fact.

slovakian-olympic-uniform

The news that the International Olympic Committee has a problem with the United States Constitution comes one day after a senior member of the IOC accused President Obama, and international gay rights advocates, of “political terrorism.”

Italian IOC member Mario Pescante, who is referred to in the media as a “senior member” of the IOC, criticized President Obama for sending “four lesbians” as part of the US delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.

Not that anyone’s counting, in fact President Obama is only sending two lesbians as part of the delegation, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow. Brian Boitano, who recently came out, but not as a lesbian, is also a member of the delegation.

After his “lesbian” crack, Pescante went on to accuse President Obama of “political terrorism” for bringing politics, in this case gay rights, into the Olympics.  Pescante is of course ignoring that it was the Russians who repeatedly threatened to arrest gay and pro-gay Olympic athletes, and thus brought politics into the Olympics.

And the IOC wonders why it has a bad name.


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