Iran Claims The 2012 Olympic Logo Is “Racist,” Zionist
Iran has objected to the 2012 Olympics logo, claiming that it's racist because it spells out the word "Zion" (it doesn't). What's most offensive about the claim, though, isn't that Iran is criticizing the IOC for a racist logo that isn't racist. It's that they're not criticizing the IOC for a logo that's just plain ugly.
From ABC News:
The secretary general of Iran's National Olympic Committee said Iran sent a letter to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. The letter claims the 2012 logo spells out "Zion," a biblical term widely recognized to refer to the city of Jerusalem.
Here's the 2012 London logo, in all of its jagged, angular glory. Coded message proclaiming Israeli superiority, or ugly, ugly Olympic logo? You be the judge.
Iran has threatened to boycott the games if the logo isn't changed, and has urged other Muslim countries to do the same. Meanwhile, the IOC has responded by saying, "The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else."
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