Vladimir Putin is a lot of things: Russian Prime Minister, a red/white belt in Judo, a Libra, a tummy-smoocher, the list goes on. But one thing he apparently is not is a Futurama fan. According to The Moscow Times, Putin's choice for the mascot at the 2014 Olympics was a snowboarding leopard, which was chosen along with a ray of light, a snowflake, a bunny and a polar bear. Not among the mascots though, is Zoich, an Olympicized homage to Hypnotoad.
Eventually, the professional jury simply refused to include Zoich, whom designer Yegor Zhigun based on the character "Hypnotoad" from the U.S. cartoon series "Futurama," on the list of finalists. The decision was in line with selection rules but de-facto voided the purpose of online voting.
"Zoich was absolutely out of consideration," a source within the Russian Olympic Committee told The Moscow Times on Sunday. "It was very depressing."
"The mascot should symbolize Russia, but imagine the impression people around the world would have when they looked at this blue toad?" said the source, who asked not to be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the media.
I spoke to another source close to the matter who added, "ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD! ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD! ALL GLORY TO THE HYNOTOAD!"
Meanwhile, in former Soviet Russia, Hypnotoad disqualifies you from mascot competition.
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