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Published On: Fri, Mar 11th, 2011

Offensive or Just Ugly? Is the Olympic logo is racist?

Iran has declared that the new logo for the Summer Olympics Game in London for 2012 is racist. It appears that the logo is a hidden message in support of Zion, which is a biblical term for Judaism, as well as a pro-Israel movement that was well-known in the interwar period. Iran claims that the racist logo may cause them to boycott the event. You can see the full story and logo here:

The IOC rejected this complaint based on the fact that there is no hidden message and it’s merely 2012 which is depicted on the logo. Frankly, this logo does offend me, but not because it’s racist. It’s just ugly. Who chose that colour scheme? And the zigzag bad 80s style number cutouts? It looks more like something you would have seen on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. All it needs are humongous shoulder pads and a perm.

I’m also offended that this was the logo chosen to represent London, one of the world’s most exciting capitals and superior fashion sense that makes everyone want to be a Londoner, dressed to the nines on the tube with tickets to the footy match. Surely they could have come up with something better than this? This is the same fashion-forward nation that created the punk movement and the Rolling Stones. They practically invented cool. This logo does not capture any of that.

Lastly, I’m offended by the choice of 2012. Don’t they know that this is the end of the world as we know it according to the Mayan Calendar? Don’t they have any respect for the apocalypse? Personally, if this set of games was going to be humanity’s last hurrah before the end, I would want it to be presentable. Really.

Iran may want to boycott the games, but then again, so might all the fashionable people. Londoners, stay away.

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Mika Oehling’s initial blog (mission statement?): I want to use my blog as a forum for creative expression and as an outlet for creative expression that I don’t otherwise have in my life. And I’ve also decided to stop bothering friends and family alone with my rants and raves, but decided to share them with the world so that it can bother them as well.

I’ve decided to structure my blog as a series of rants and raves. There will always be one topic, but sometimes there are both opinions expressed about the exact same thing. That’s not because I’m bipolar, it’s because I’m a Libra and I tend to see both sides of every argument and can’t make up my own mind. Yes, I am that annoying person you see in the grocery store, furrowed brow, trying desperately to make sense of the different varieties of canned soup. And I never understood their crazy sodium content.

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- Mika Oehling's initial blog (mission statement?): I want to use my blog as a forum for creative expression and as an outlet for creative expression that I don't otherwise have in my life. And I've also decided to stop bothering friends and family alone with my rants and raves, but decided to share them with the world so that it can bother them as well. I've decided to structure my blog as a series of rants and raves. There will always be one topic, but sometimes there are both opinions expressed about the exact same thing. That's not because I'm bipolar, it's because I'm a Libra and I tend to see both sides of every argument and can't make up my own mind. Yes, I am that annoying person you see in the grocery store, furrowed brow, trying desperately to make sense of the different varieties of canned soup. And I never understood their crazy sodium content.

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