Australian authorities have put themselves in a very hairy situation.
In a quaint bureaucratic bungalow celebrating in a beloved community, the Australian government accidentally commissioned fursonas For your Olympic mascot. The obscure figures have already been printed on various Olympic promotional merch, including coins, booklets and comics.
“So, the Olympics are soon, how is your country trying to raise national pride? Here in Australia, supermarket chain Woolworths (Woolies) has a collectible sticker chain for kids with to our athletes A wide-eyed tweeter famous, with photos of collectibles.
the actors who allegedly created the characters even answered To explain how the government’s apparently grotesque support of the anthropomorphic animal community came to be.
“Good day! That’s my art and my (re)design. Didn’t know they would eventually be using LMAO. Happy to field any questions. Rest assured, the people who hired me didn’t know That’s what farties are. But I did,” commented the 2D artist behind the campaign.
On his own profile, he gave more details about how the situation turned out.
“Hey fellow Australians, the fursons I was assigned by the government to draw are now on sale as booklets on Woolly for $3,” he wrote on wednesday
. “I am no longer excited for the olympics they are connected because of the global plague we are all living but what can you do. send tweets.”
It was surprising that the government went ahead with printing the artist’s comics at merchants. “Doesn’t matter. Didn’t I get an email (scroll),” wrote the artist in a follow-up tweet.
As reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, an Australian Mint spokesperson said in a statement that they intended for the mascot to be manga-style, a tribute to Japan being the host country.
A spokesman for Australian supermarket chain Woolworths, a major Olympic sponsor, said Mint may not have fully realized what their commission looked like had it been a hit.
“We have already received positive customer feedback, including customers excited by the representation at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Australian Heroes Collection,” Woolworths said in a statement.
The mint said more than 90 percent of the coin collection was sold out within three days of becoming available.