The Eye of the Beholders

One person’s aesthetically dubious logo is another one’s dubiously subversive jab at Islam. Or so we learn in this report from Iran:

Tehran warns it may boycott London event, calls on other countries, Islamic nations, to react “to jeopardize Olympic games in the world.” Iran on Monday said it might boycott the 2012 London Olympics because of the event’s “racist” logo which resembles the word Zion, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The secretary general of the National Olympic Committee said Iran had made the complaint in a letter to the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge and was waiting for a response.

While design critics complain that the London 2012 logo is, well, goofy and even more goofy, it takes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to see a more nefarious message. Wonder what he makes of Zion National Park? Or the Zion Pizza and Noodle center?

Read more here at USA Today.


8 thoughts on “The Eye of the Beholders

  1. Adrea

    Logo Tisocco, creo que una buena forma de representar a toda nretsua gran familia, seria poner como simbolo a la cuidad en donde nacio el primer Tisocco, ya que esa ciudad seria nretsua cuna, seria la que vio nacer a la primera linea sanguinea de tantas otras que van surgiendo con el correr del tiempo y apesar de que nos desparramamos por el mundo, cada vez que observacemos ese logo, nos haria remontar a nuestro pasasdo, y sentirnos orgullosos por lo que somos

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  3. Mindy

    I’m guessing whoever designed this zion london olympics logo failed to research better. However, I understand it looks like zion but I’m not really liking the logo. I wish it could have been better. Not everyone understand how creatively this is done to look like the word zion. I think this is a really good example of how negatively this can impact other countries because of their differences in languages. Be careful what you design as a global logo!

  4. Joel Urbina

    Racist and poorly designed…. what else are people going to say?
    Maybe that it’s a representation of what the buildings of London are going to look like after the “Zion Olympics” and London is bankrupt?
    I would love to find out that Ahmadinejad was right about the design… god how much drama can one 1 million pound logo create?!
     

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