London 2012 Mascots Wenlock And MandevilleMay 22nd, 2010
Much ado about Wenlock & Mandeville: Canada pokes fun at 2012 mascots
It doesn't do to upset the Canadians – and with an axe to grind they are going after London's Olympic double act
The Canadian press have warned children to stay away from images of London 2012 mascots Wenlock, left, and Mandeville. Photograph: Action Images
Much ado about Wenlock and Co
"Wow all this attention is amazing," tweeted the new Olympic icon Wenlock, as he and co-mascot Mandeville were unveiled to the world on Wednesday. They'll need to stay optimistic as it appears that, in one country at least, their cards have already inadvertently been marked by the British press. It doesn't do to upset the Canadians and, with an axe to grind, they're going after London's double act.
Still bristling after negative reports of this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver the Canadian press have united behind what they see as a chance to return the favour. Calgary's Herald opened the offensive, commenting: "London's creepy one-eyed Olympic mascots scare us. Especially the one with the blue stain on its crotch" (Mandeville), before joyously reporting that: "One kid on Twitter called the London mascots 'terror sperm'."
The National Post weighed in under the headline: "Who's laughing now, London?" referring to them as "walking alien ***** creatures". This was a popular image, the Toronto Sun describing "terrifying ***** monsters" and the Montreal Gazette warning: "If you've yet to see photos of the mascot couple ... Keep the young children away."
""London's creepy one-eyed Olympic mascots scare us. Especially the one with the blue stain on its crotch"
That kills me!!!!