February 6th, 2010

Blank Reg

It Just Keeps Getting Better

So the Gazeta Olsztynska's epic fail in publishing my simple critique of the unfortunate resemblance of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Mascots (Quatchi in particular) to Pedobear was yesterday's news. Despite the fact that it is now being LOL'd at all over the Intertubes and has been documented in Encyclopædia Dramatica, and the link I have to Know Your Memes explaining just what Pedobear is, today we now have a Spanish sports blog presenting the image again. My Spanish is adequate enough to see that the image is being presented in all seriousness and complete obliviousness.
Quatchi, Miga, Sumi, Mukmuk y Pedobear son “Las Mascotas de Vancouver 2010″, y como era de esperarse, no sólo estarán presentes en en transcurso de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno, sino que  ya se encuentran en cada rincón del mundo creado por el merchandising  que rodea a estos juegos.

Quatchi, Miga, Sumi, Mukmuk and Pedopear are "The Vancouver 2010 Mascots", and you'd expect, are not only presented in the course of the Winter Olympics, but are already in every corner of the world of merchandising surrounding the games.
As the anonymous commenter from France who tipped my off said this morning, "Lets bet how many others medias will do it"!

Amusing as it is, it also says a lot about the quality of contemporary journalism.

[EDIT] And some credit where credit is due: the derivative work from copyrighted material *ahem* "original fan-art" into which I inserted Pedobear, which subsequently ran in the Polish newspaper, was created by Angela Melick, who, unlike me, actually likes the mascots.