Alexander Majorov times two – meet the father/son team
Majorov himself:“At the beginning of the 1990s things were very hard in Russia. Alexander junior (Sasha) was born in 1991 and there were no food and no jobs. We had to get money somehow and Sweden was the first country to offer us something. A short while later I had another offer, from Finland… I didn’t think I’d stay in Sweden, I had some friends there and started out teaching maybe six weeks in a year and the second year it was three months and then five and after the fourth year I stayed. I didn’t like to move around and just do a little here and there. It’s a process to prepare for and do something, and I wanted to do it well.”
Sometimes you train in Russia, what is that like?
“It’s ok, but I’m not there all that much, maybe a couple of weeks during the summer is all. But I wouldn’t want to live there, Sweden is my home and I have all my friends here.”
The dude is Swedish, through and through.After that enlightening talk with Alexander Majorov senior, it’s Sasha junior’s turn. He has no problems whatsoever with the language. Although he always speaks Russian with his family there isn’t even a trace of a Russian accent, in fact he speaks with a genuine Northern Swedish accent. At first he appears somewhat withdrawn but gradually grows more talkative.
Majorov Press Conference in Swedish: "I Am Not a Bad Person"
According to the Google translation, Majorov said he's "not a bad person," he just wante to be comforted by his friends, he would never say such things to an adult, and he's "not a racist."
Last edited by Squibble; 12-23-2010 at 03:21 PM.
1) Racist + Sexist speech
2) Admitting that he doesn't feel Swedish at all, that Swedes are a separate group to him - a PR disaster for somebody who's supposed to represent this country
And it's not like he's an immigrant who just moved there a few years ago. He's spent most of his life in Sweden.
3) Immaturity more akin to a 6 year old throwing a strop than to somebody who's supposed to be an adult.
Also, whilst it's interesting and valid to explain how his thinking might have worked, racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination are never ok.
It is not ok to use words like these in public. It was posted on Facebook and his friends don't just include his closest mates but a large number of people, a lot of whom he barely (if at all) knows.
To all the people who say that he isn't being racist and that this is being blown out of proportion:
Do you not realise that discrimination and all its institutional and psychological effects exist precisely because of speech like this existing in public discourse and being acceptable?
I'm not saying that he should be stoned to death. He made a mistake, he could have not fully understood what he was saying and so on, and so forth.
But it needs to be clearly said that language like this isn't appropriate, shouldn't be used and yes it's racist and sexist to use words like these. Using them as insults implicitly stigmatises those groups.
Is he racist and sexist? He's probably just a bit ignorant. But the words he used definitely are.
Last edited by Ziggy; 12-23-2010 at 12:13 PM.
I never said what he said was acceptable, far from it. He realized what he said in the heat of anger was wrong, took it down, apologized and was given a warning by his federation. I'm sure he clearly knows now (if he didn't know then) that what he said was not acceptable in any language or country.
That 19 year old learned a valuable lesson and I hope his parents did as well. I am granting the same leniency I would want for my kid's mouthy mistakes.
Is he racist or sexist, no, just uneducated.
I hope Majorov realizes how fortunate he is that he got a slap on the wrist. We've heard stories of people insulting their boss or their workplace on Facebook and getting fired for it. I'm not saying that the Swedish federation would've dumped him or anything like that, but they could've denied him the chance to go to senior Worlds this season since he needs to mature a little. (The top 3 Swedish men will have to battle for the 2 Worlds spots at the Nordic Championships.)
Last edited by siberia82; 12-23-2010 at 10:20 PM.
I assumed when Sasha used the word "Swedish" in his status update, he was referring to the federation, not Swedes in general. I may not know this young man, but based on other articles I've read about him within the last couple of months, he identifies himself as being more Swedish than Russian.
Tony Wheeler spoke to Majorov about this incident, so at least English-speaking FS fans have one statement from him which doesn't require Google Translate : http://www.flutzingaround.com/2010/1...gizes-for.html
I certainly don't blame his mother for being furious... Not only did Sasha potentially ruin his own career, but he could've ruined his parents' as well. Luckily it never reached that point, but the tabloids could've made accusations that the Majorovs didn't raise their boy properly and whatnot.
Last edited by siberia82; 12-23-2010 at 10:21 PM.
I sure am glad it wasn't Patrick Chan who spouted that kind of verbal diarhhea.
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Last edited by poths; 12-24-2010 at 09:01 PM.
wow,he may go to another sw.... Switzerland got 3 spot and couldn't find a good skater
as for Chan,after meet him several times in person,I found he is a intersting,cute and handsome man,and get along sooooooooo well with every skaters and workers,strange!now I curious why the media always try to make him like a ugly devil,just because he's not white?...
P.S. why did you have to bring Chan into a thread about Majarov. Are you that obsessed with Chan that you see the every issue w.r.t to how it will effect Chan.
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