The Internet Reacts To Sochi's Terrifying Polar Bear Olympic Mascot
During the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, there was lavish spectacle in spades. But nothing quite galvanized the Internet like the reveal of the three massive animatronic Sochi mascots. The hare and the leopard were mostly spared the wrath of the masses, but the polar bear seemed to catch everyone's eye. And not in a good way.
#1: The first thing social media noticed were Polar Bear's (actual official name) sleepy eyes.
So the Sochi Olympics mascot is either baked or rubbing one out! pic.twitter.com/0NNcUejEPD— John Snyder (@jcsnyd) February 7, 2014
#2: Of course, some took his huge stature as a sign of ill-intent.
Behold! The Russian bear of oppression! pic.twitter.com/WuEI7T5J6F— Zumoro (@ZumoroH) February 7, 2014
#3: While others were certain we'd seen this guy somewhere before...but where?
We thought we recognized that Sochi bear pic.twitter.com/zGS28TUjVK— 961 KISS (@961KISS) February 7, 2014
#4: Almost 100% sure this is not the reaction Russia's crack team of mascot designer were going for.
#5: How can Russia have so many anti-LGBT laws and bear as their Olympic symbol?
But it wasn't all vitriol aimed at the nightmare bear on stage...