Pedobear, Pedobear, does whatever a Pedobear does…as Homer Simpson didn’t quite sing.

Some of you might remember a Brass Eye Paedophile special from a few years back in which they satirised the way the media and politicians were treating the subject of paedophilia.  Readers in the UK can watch that episode via 4OD (check it out here).  Even Chris Morris and Brass Eye couldn’t make up a story that appears on the Huffington Post today surrounding the latest twist in the ‘Pedobear’ saga.

This is a cartoon bear originally intended as a joke on paedophiles, acting as a (strangely cute) representation of a paedophile.  However, the image apparently then became re-owned by paedophiles as a symbol of pride.  However – and you couldn’t make this up – the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is now investigating following a surge in sightings of bear depictions on vehicles.  They apparently fear – don’t laugh at the back – that this may suggest an increase in sex offender behaviour in the Albuquerque area.  Fascinating and bonkers in equal measure.  Check out the full story here.  The HuffPo piece helpfully points out that ‘It is not illegal for people to display the Pedobear image in public.’  Well if it was, there would be an amazing first amendment case to bring.  It could finish poor Justice Scalia off!

The piece also explains that ‘Some people may be displaying them as a joke, but the attorney general’s office said they are taking the bear images seriously and are trying to get the word out.’  Look out for them in Halfords!

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