Iran Sweats the Small Stuff

Upheaval throughout the Arab World? That’ll have to wait. There’s logo beef to be had:

Iran objects to the logo for the 2012 London Olympics, contending it is racist because it resembles the word “Zion” and warning of a possible boycott of the Games.

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.

In comments carried by the official IRNA news agency Monday, secretary general Bahram Afsharzadeh said the letter urges other Muslim states to oppose the “racist logo.”

Here’s the logo in question:



There are a lot of words to describe that logo (“horrendous,” “awkward,” and “wait, seriously, that’s it?” come to mind), but I’ll have to admit, I didn’t see this particular critique coming. Apparently, I’m not alone, as this unintentionally hilarious portion of the article would imply (bold mine):

The London logo shows the numbers “2012” in four jagged figures and until now has been criticized only for its design. The IOC said it received the letter and joined London organizers in rejecting Iran’s complaint.

“Our response is as follows: The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else,” the IOC said.

The London organizers said the design was launched in 2007 after testing and consultation.

“We are surprised that this complaint has been made now,” the committee said.

I hope it all gets sorted out – the prospect of an Olympics without Iran is just too much to bear.


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