Nov 24, 2005

More on the Beijing Olympic mascots

Related to my recent post with the Beijing Olympic cartoon mascots is this recent article in the New York Times. The article discusses, among other things, how Chinese bloggers are able to criticize authority without being overtly political:

A fresh example was served up last week with the announcement by China of five cartoonlike mascot figures for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. They were lavishly praised in the press - and widely ridiculed in blogs that seemed to accurately express public sentiment toward them.

"It's not difficult to create a mascot that's silly and ugly," wrote one blogger. "The difficulty is in creating five mascots, each sillier and uglier than the one before it."


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