Paper Mistakes 'Pedobear' for Olympic Mascot

Cartoon bear is associated with pedophilia, not sports

By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User

Posted Feb 9, 2010 9:14 AM CST

(Newser) – From the fact-checking department: When publishing an image of Olympic mascots, check to make sure there's not a cartoon bear with ties to pedophilia mixed in. A Polish paper made just such a mistake, accidentally lifting the meme known as "Pedobear"—widely used to mock pedophiles—from Google Images and popping him into a collage of the other mascots of the Vancouver Games.

The cartoon bear was originally devised by a Canadian graphic designer, apparently to protest the cost of the Games. Members of an anarchic message board then adopted it.

'Pedobear,' far right, is not an official Vancouver Olympics mascot. Oops.
'Pedobear,' far right, is not an official Vancouver Olympics mascot. Oops.   (screenshot)
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