Friday, November 11, 2005

Five "Friendlies" - Chinese Olympic Mascots

China unveiled its 5 *carefully* chosen 2008 Olympic mascots today, the "Five Friendlies".

One wonders if any of the mascots will be accused of being gay, like the British Teletubby Tinky Winky? I must admit that I've been extremely non-plussed by any of the recent cartoonish Olympic masocts to date. They just don't grab one's attention. At most they highlight cultural differences in tastes in a rather unproductive manner and detract from the spirit of the events.

Why have a mascot, period? No mascot has yet to garner international appeal, much less a spot in a widely syndicated cartoon series. Olympic mascots should go away quietly. That would be a very friendly international gesture.

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