California police warn parents of pedophilia mascot

There's absolutely nothing funny about pedophilia but some are seeing a lot of humor in a California police department's warning to parents about a cartoon bear they're calling the "mascot of pedophilia."

Pedobear: This cartoon bear is shorthand for "you're being creepy."

Pedobear is a cute cartoon bear who appears when people are writing creepy stuff about kids on the Internet. He got his start on a site called 4chan, an image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. He has since turned into an Internet meme and become shorthand for "Stop being creepy about kids."

California's San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department doesn't understand this.

They issued a warning letting the public know about this potentially dangerous symbol in a TV news report (below).

The news clip reports that there was a Pedobear sighting at an event in Southern California and shows an image of someone dressed up in a furry bear suit. The picture was taken at ComicCon.

Gawker reported: "As much as it would make cops' jobs easier (and, judging from this episode, it needs to be as easy as possible for these idiots to get anything done) pedophiles have not collectively decided to brand themselves with a logo so we can easily identify them. Jesus, cops can be dumb."

Posted By: Amy Graff (Email, Twitter, Facebook) | September 14 2010 at 08:23 AM

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