Pete Townshend will be pissed that The Who aren’t in Vancouver this coming weekend. The Winter Olympics kick off in two days and the opening ceremony will be full of weed and Triad-y good times. No Olympic opening or closing ceremony is complete without the presence of official mascots. Quatchi, Sumi, Miga, Mukmuk and Pedobear will be there to help Canada welcome viewers to the city that cursed the world with Nickelback. Wait. Pedobear?

Polish newspaper Gazeta Olsztynska mistakenly included Pedobear in an image with the official Vancouver Olympic mascots.

Pedobear, who is on the far right of the picture, was originally devised by members of the anarchic 4chan message board as a way of mocking users who expressed a sexual interest in young people.

Since then a tasteless internet trend – or meme – has emerged in which users insert the bear into other photos in a contest to create the most inappropriate composite image.

The mascots were inspired by “traditional native creatures”. I’m not an expert on Native American culture or creatures but I think it’s safe to assume that the pedobear was not roaming the Pacific Northwest before Paleface came and stole the land. Maybe it was a mythical creature used to scare children into behaving. “Settle down otherwise Pedobear will come in the night on a horse and ravage you like Gary Glitter, Hopping Beaver.” It’s time for Chris Hansen and Cam’ron to stop this Pedobear from ruining the greatest thing to happen to Canada since poutine and Alex Trebek.

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