Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Olympic mascots

The 2012 London Olympic Games just revealed their official mascots and they are as misguided as The Office's David Brent.

From the country that gave us, in the words of Hugh Grant’s prime minister in Love Actually, “Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham's right foot. David Beckham's left foot, come to that,” I expected more. I expected something other than the mutant babies of some Teletubby inbreeding.

One critic called them computerized Smurfs for the iPhone generation. That’s an insult to Papa Smurf and the rest of Smurf village, but I will admit that the mascots’ giant eyes do look like a trackpad or webcam. Gargamel wouldn’t stalk these pansy-assed iShmoos if you paid him.

Named Wenlock and Mandeville, because apparently these mascots need another reason for a serious beating, the two mascots join an already silly group that includes a humanized snowball, ice cube, and snowflake from the ’06 Turin Winter Olympics; a cubist Catalan Sheepdog from the ’92 Barcelona Summer Olympics; and Sondre, a troll amputee from the ’94 Lillehammer Winter Paraolympics. Here’s an idea: instead of designing by focus group and political correctness, kick the mascots to the curb and celebrate the city and the athletes who will be gathering to compete instead. Or just use David Beckham’s right foot.

10 comments:

Heather said...

Ick. The blue bit on the front of the one on the right just looks obscene to me.

Jaelyn said...

WHAT are they even supposed to be? They remind me of cartoon teeth in a kid's dentist office except with orange and blue tartar and one big creepy eye each! Just plain weird... might as well just use the Boobahs and call it a day... Jaelyn: http://ow.ly/1PnXE

Anna Ruth Roe said...

I think you were to kind as to refer to them as Teletubbie like. To me they look more like Boobahs, the space farting creepy aliens. Why the hell do we even need mascots for the olympics or any other sport?

Jodi said...

Clearly, the blue dude pissed his pants. Or jumpsuit.

Jewels Diva® said...

They're fugly little bastards and that's all there is to it.

Fanboy Wife said...

Is there a new Olympic event when we get to beat the mascots? They look like they’d make great piñatas!

Marvin the Martian said...

Maybe they're supposed to represent the omnipresent cameras that infest the London landscape. Big Brother IS watching you. And you. And you over there. Stop picking your nose.

Chris said...

wait. are they serious? THESE are the mascots?! The London Eyes, so to speak?! These are the most ridiculous things I've ever seen.

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wongta said...

i've never seen an impressive mascot at a sporting event..... check these out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup_mascot