Giant on the move
Sex and sport at the Olympics. It’s an irresistible mix — and one which Chinese condom makers don’t want to miss. Chinese company Elasun has come up with a series of Olympic condom advertisements which have gone viral online.
Organisers of the Beijing Games are providing 100,000 condoms for athletes at the Olympics as we reported on Tuesday.
But it’s certain that these condoms featuring the five cute colourful mascots called the Fuwa or the Friendlies won’t be among the official condoms handed out with an information pack about HIV awareness.
Some have bordered on the bizarre.
One man stuck a couple of hundred mini flagpoles in his head to show his support. Another guy I saw walked down the sidewalk in front of the Bird’s Nest, in a red dress and high heels, with a crown crafted out of palm leaves on his head and a big Chinese flag draped over each shoulder (wish I’d had a camera with me!).
The biggest international sporting event Beijing and China hosted prior to the Olympics was the 1990 Asian Games. China dominated the medal count, winning almost twice as many as their nearest rival.
And Pan Pan, the game’s Panda mascot, was everywhere. One of the official sponsors distributed Pan Pan decals to the media showing the official mascot in various XI Asiad sporting poses such as boxing, archery, wrestling, etc. With a little imagination, and a pair of scissors, people would remove Pan Pan’s head and apply the mascot’s sporting themes to their credential photo.