What If New Rio Olympic Mascots Were Introduced Honestly?
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Committee unveiled their official mascots today for the Olympics and the Paralympics (don't ask me which mascot is which), and the results were predictably a mixture of confusion and blah. Are artichokes native to South America?
Anyway, the unveiling occurred on an athletic field in front of a crowd of kids -- just the type of photo op you'd expect. But how would these two carpet rats have fared in the real Rio? Could you imagine them in a favela? The yellow cat would be moving drugs within a week. The other one would probably be selling its body.
What if these mascots were introduced honestly? Surely there would be tanks and military personnel involved.
The riot season began back in June, as Brazilians grew increasingly frustrated over the amount of money that Brazil was spending on the World Cup and the Olympics, while much of the nation languished in poverty. In cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo, riot police were called in, and buses and buildings went up in flames.
Paramilitary units the began clearing out the favelas, or slums, in a beautification project aimed at riding the crime connected to the drug trade. The country was sweeping its problems under the rug.
But hey, they've got mascots! So all will be well for the Games.
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) November 24, 2014
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