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

(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.

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CyberSkull
Feb 21, 2010 10:57 AM CST
I'm quite sure you got the origin of Pedobear wrong. It's been around for years and years.
Nannu
Feb 21, 2010 8:51 AM CST
HAHAHA, pedobear!
lolwhut
Feb 21, 2010 5:42 AM CST
Pedobear wasn't made by a Canadian, you dumbass. Pedobear was originated by the Japanese. The "theory of origin" for Pedobear is that he was a safety mascot for crossing the street safely in Japan. He would hold children's hands while helping them across the street, hence "pedo" = walking/pedestrian/etc... think "pedometer" ...but "pedo" meaning something also highly different elsewhere just went hand in hand with Pedobear holding hands with kids, thus creating him being a pedophile bear. This article is a fail in and of itself for the author not even bothering to look up Pedobear's origin. Idiot.