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[130.Pz.]A.Aussen

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#1 11 years ago

...not the Jews Borat, you anti-semitic/racist fictional character but rather the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics mascotts. Funny I should start off on such a note since this has a lot to do about race.

First of all, what comes to mind when you think of British Columbia? Bears, trees, beautiful mountains, or anime? Apparently, it is anime since our Olympic mascots appear to be Satan's spawn with a Hello Kitty and aboriginal mythical animal twist.

To give you some background, about 1/3 of Metro Vancouver's population is Asian and I would have to say that that's, I'm very sure of, the highest concentration. Though farther east in the Fraser Valley the fractions are smaller but are never none. East Indians also make up about a little less than 1/3 of Metro Vancouver's Population, this is an educated guess right here. Also, there are barely any black people, I guess it's too cold :p, but whatever. With the rest being mostly white, I'm missing relatively small groups most likely as well but this is a summary, this is your target market for these Mascots.

To me, it feels like this is not representative of B.C. as a whole and is very biased towards Asians and their tastes. I mean was there not a single guy at the meeting saying "I think this may cause a little, uhm, static..." or suggesting that we should balance it out so that it's not all in anime but then there'd be no continuity, I guess. For once I'd actually like to portray the stereotypes of Canada as a land of hockey players, lumber jacks and mounties with elk and deer running free(:lol:) But I guess that too would be biased and, most likely, more unrepresentative of B.C.

The General reaction, that I've seen, is mostly white people "going what the hell are those? They're ugly" so I'd like to know what you guys thought of this. Here are the creatures...n525236286_714002_3621.jpg Here's a link to the Vancouver Sun's article on these mascotts with more info... Grumpy journalists just can't stand 'cute'




The Last Unknown Soldier

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#2 11 years ago

good god......




Moose12

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#3 11 years ago

It's ManBearPig!




RSaLAN

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#4 11 years ago

Their cute!

I agree that B.C. should have a different mascot representing the region. But hey I'm just an ignorant American. Lol I'm Asian btw.




stylie

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#5 11 years ago

It looks like they created them on a South Park Character generator. BTW, Beijing, Img214108291.jpg Here are some more 100% Injury Rate: The worst Olympic mascots ever




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#6 11 years ago
stylie;4072042It looks like they created them on a South Park Character generator.[/quote] Exactly, just like what the Vancouver Sun says...
We -- the media, that is -- are particularly offended that Miga, Sumi and Quatchi are not truly representative of Canada, whatever that means, and that they're nothing more than a cash grab, that they're overpriced and made in China and look like the evil spawn of Hello Kitty meets South Park rather than the spirit bear/salmon/beaver/eagle we were so hoping they'd be.
[quote=stylie;4072042]100% Injury Rate: The worst Olympic mascots ever

Do you have any more of these? They have a sort of soothing effect on me...




JohnWalker

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#7 11 years ago

Inscutiable Chinese mascots. But I'll take a wild guess and say they are, left from right 1) A winged beaver? 2) Sasquash and 3) umm.. A skunk with a cowlick? A Canadian Pygmy Panda? Seriously, what the fuck is that?




emonkies

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#8 11 years ago

Im sorry. I dont mean to offend.

Maybe its because I like anime, but I like the characters. Especially Quatchi. He looks like a Sasquatch and reminds me of Eduardo on Fosters Home For Imaginary friends.

I still dont know what Miga is, except that she looks like some genetically engineered from a Panda maybe?




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#9 11 years ago

So wait the next winter olympics are in vancouver? Can't watch anything that takes place in Canada.




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#10 11 years ago

You can't get the CBC? Plus this is the winter Olympics so far far fewer men in tight suits...depends who's watching whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...eh Donitz.:p