Creepy Mascots

Mascots are supposed to be cute and fun.  Generally I find them to be neither.  I mean, I suppose some people love these things, because otherwise they wouldn’t be around, would they?

When I was a kid, I found Manny, Moe and Jack to be extremely creepy. I always thought they were leering at me from the top of the auto parts store.  I mean really.  Look at them.  Are they supposed to be reassuring?  They look like they’re going to throw you in the back of a windowless van.

Cadillac dislikes Snuggles the Bear from the fabric softener commercial.  “It looks like it’s sneaking around in your laundry basket, trying to kill you,” he says. 

The Stanford Tree also ranks high on the creepiness meter.  If I saw that tree coming at me, I’d take a chainsaw to it.

You know this dude took off his costume and told everyone this cheerleader was his new girlfriend.

And Cadillac hates all clowns, as I noted in our camping post.

Which mascots bother you?

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

3 thoughts on “Creepy Mascots

  1. Food as a mascot always creeps me out. Usually it’s like a giant bagel with eyes or something.

    I remember when I was a kid there was a mom & pop donut shop that had “Mr. Kruller” as their mascot. He was marching in the 4th of July parade and passed out from the heat…

    I’ll never forget Mr. Kruller face-down in the gutter.

    Oh, the therapy…

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