2012 Olympics Logo Offends Iran, Pleases '80s Fans

Lindsay Mannering
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2012 logoIf you are a fan of the Iranian Olympic wrestling team, I have some bad news for you. Iran is looking to boycott the London games because they're offended by the 2012 Olympics logo. The Iranian National Olympic committee sent a letter to the IOC threatening to pull out of the summer games next year if the design isn't changed. The Iranians believe the 2012 Olympics logo spells out the word "Zion" -- a term that refers to Jerusalem.

When the IOC debuted the logo back in 2007, they said the design was to appeal to a younger demographic, those who are immersed in the Internet and are down with graffiti, y'all. Iran isn't amused.

According to the NY Daily News, it is a surprise to organizers that Iran waited four years to come forward with their complaint, seeing as the logo was released back in '07. An excerpt from Iran's letter to the IOC reads:

As Internet documents have proved, using the word Zion in the logo of the 2012 Olympic Games is a disgracing action and against the Olympics' valuable mottos. There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the Games, especially Iran which abides by commitment to the values and principles.

The IOC has received Iran's letter of complaint, but says they have no plans on changing the logo. No word on whether or not they also included a caution against believing documents one reads on the Internet.

The logo has been under attack since being revealed ... it's been likened to everything from a swastika to an image of two people making love. I can see all of these images in the logo once I'm told they're there. It comes down to whether any hidden message in the Olympic logo was intentional or not.

Personally, I don't like the logo -- my complaint would be that it looks too '80s, like a design George Michael would have on a pendant dangling from a leather cord. Or a funky pattern that would've been on one of my swishy tracksuits. It's like florescent houndstooth. I say change it -- start over and give us something more people will be happy with.

Do you think the IOC should change the logo, for Iran's sake, or another?


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