The Australian swim duo who posed with guns at a California shooting range and posted the photo to Facebook will be forced to leave the Olympics after the swimming competition ends on the second Sunday of the Summer Games. Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk are also banned from using social media for a month-long period beginning July 16 as part of the punishment stemming from the controversial photograph.
Posing with guns is apparently a no-no. . The Australians don’t like folks showing off with guns, so even though these guys were doing it in a place that was okay with it, someone at the Home Office thought it sets a bad example.
This is a pretty fair example of a culture war. Don’t kid yourself, we have always been at war with
Eastasia culture. Used to be a time that shooting and guns were laudable interests. Big celebrities of the day like Robert Stack, Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme, etc, etc. were bigtime gun fanciers and no one gave it a second look. Nowadays, well, it’s a whole other story.