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Olympic Mascots

Last posted Feb 13, 2010 at 04:59PM EST. Added Feb 07, 2010 at 12:35PM EST
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I love the Olympic mascots! :D
Especially the one that looks like a bear--Wait a minute…

Feb 07, 2010 at 06:10PM EST

I wonder if they were fully aware of what they were printing on that newspaper. I doubt it.

All the internet-savvy Polish people are now lolling their asses off.

Feb 08, 2010 at 09:57PM EST

I knew it had to be fake, but it’s just one of those things that could happen. People make really dumb mistakes.

Feb 09, 2010 at 11:45AM EST

reminds me of a real incident where something like this happened: (rather not use ebaums as a link but it’s the only site I could find it on. =( )

I am from Portland and so when this was on, lol’d muchly.

Feb 10, 2010 at 05:33AM EST

Via the KYM email: MetroNews Vancouver: ‘Pedobear’ mistaken for Olympics mascot

A Vancouver artist says he’s “enjoying his 15 minutes of fame” after a Polish newspaper accidentally published a rendering of the Vancouver 2010 mascots that includes a notorious Internet character known as Pedobear.

Michael Barrick combined the official Olympic mascots with Pedobear, an Internet character used for years in unmoderated online forums to shame users who expressed sexual interest in young people.

“When I first saw the Olympic mascots their design was similar to this character with some bad connotations,” Barrick told Metro in an exclusive interview yesterday. “Combining them was an aesthetic critique.”

Barrick created the image of Pedobear with Quatchi, Miga, Sumi and Mukmuk in July 2009.

Last Thursday someone at The Gazeta Olsztynska found it online and used it to illustrate a feature on the Vancouver Olympics.

“I thought it was funny,” Barrick said. “It was a good illustration of the kind of fact checking that goes on at a lot of media now.”

After the feature was posted to a popular Polish website Barrick’s personal blog started seeing a lot more hits.

“The post the day before this happened garnered about 27,000 views in January, which I thought was a lot. In one day alone, Sunday, I got 155,000 views.”

Barrick’s popularity got a shot in the arm when The Telegraph, a major British newspaper, wrote about the Pedobear mixup.

“Everybody gets their 15 minutes. If he was still alive today, Andy Warhol would’ve been proud,” Barrick said.
Feb 10, 2010 at 04:20PM EST

That was awesome in so many ways.
I can’t believe some media still don’t check their facts straight.

Internet, you’re my superhero.

Feb 11, 2010 at 07:39AM EST

IT’S REAL?!?!?! WTF?

Anyway, give thanks once again to the nonexistent field of media of fact-checking.

Feb 11, 2010 at 12:59PM EST

TVTropes has a page for crap like this.

Feb 11, 2010 at 01:00PM EST

It really does look like it fits though.

Feb 13, 2010 at 04:59PM EST

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