As if it hadn’t received enough criticism already, the 2012 London Olympics logo design is now being accused of being racist by the national Olympic committee of the Islamic republic.
Quotes from the letter to the International Olympic Committee by the national Olympic committee of the Islamic republic representative Mohammad Aliabadi include:
Unfortunately, we all are witnessing that the upcoming Olympics … faces a serious challenge, definitely spawned out of some people’s racist spirit
The use of the word Zion by the designer of the Olympics logo … in the emblem of the Olympics Games 2012 is a very revolting act
Zion refers to the Old City of Jerusalem in the Bible. In addition to this, the secretary general of Iran’s Olympic committee, Bahram Afsharzadeh has said:
Certainly other countries, including Islamic nations, will react to this racist logo and this would jeopardise the goals of the Olympic games in the world
He goes on to warn the IOC that:
negligence of the issue from your side might affect the presence of some countries, especially Iran
All this comes 3 years after the 2012 Olympics logo design was initially made public.
What do you think?
Obviously the logo design says “2012”, I don’t know if I’d have ever interpreted it as saying “Zion” and certainly I don’t see any undercurrent of racism. How about you?