Iran Says Olympic Logo Spells ‘Zion’

iran-claims-london-2012-olympics-logo-spells-the--4621-1298971679-1London’s much-maligned logo for the 2012 Olympics is a bit of a Rorschach test, as large numbers of people have claimed it resembles everything from a swastika to Lisa Simpson performing a sexual act. Now Iran has logged a formal complaint and is threatening to boycott the Olympic Games, as word spreads that the graphic in fact reads, “ZION”, the Guardian reports. (To me, it is clearly the Twin Towers collapsing.)

In a formal complaint to the International Olympic Committee, Tehran has called for the graphic to be replaced and its designers “confronted”, warning that Iranian athletes might otherwise be ordered to stay away from the London Games.

According to the state-backed Iranian Students News Agency, which is frequently used to convey official pronouncements, the letter says: “As internet documents have proved, using the word Zion in the logo of the 2012 Olympic Games is a disgracing action and against the Olympics’ valuable mottos.

“There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the Games, especially Iran which abides by commitment to the values and principles.”

Amid the popular uproar that accompanied the unveiling of the logo in 2007, there were some claims, particularly on conspiracy-oriented websites, that its constituent shapes could be rearranged to make the world “Zion” and some animations were posted on YouTube showing how to do it.

An IOC official confirmed that the Iranian letter had been received but said: “The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else.”

41 Comments on "Iran Says Olympic Logo Spells ‘Zion’"

  1. Whether or not it spells “Zion” or represents anything else other than “2012”, it’s a crappy logo and should be replaced with something that doesn’t look like a puzzle that needs to be put together.

  2. Whether or not it spells “Zion” or represents anything else other than “2012”, it’s a crappy logo and should be replaced with something that doesn’t look like a puzzle that needs to be put together.

  3. Looks like another crappy olympics logo. Fuck you Iran you are as paranoid as Middle America.

  4. Looks like another crappy olympics logo. Fuck you Iran you are as paranoid as Middle America.

  5. WhiteRose | Mar 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm |

    It’s not a very appealing logo but I don’t think it stands for Zion, probably glaciers breaking apart as the world ends ha ha

  6. WhiteRose | Mar 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm |

    It’s not a very appealing logo but I don’t think it stands for Zion, probably glaciers breaking apart as the world ends ha ha

  7. Mcraemarr | Mar 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm |

    it’s clearly a guy getting a handy jammer.

  8. Mcraemarr | Mar 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    it’s clearly a guy getting a handy jammer.

  9. emperorreagan | Mar 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm |

    There’s a rule that for every sensible thing that someone in the Iranian government says, they must issue 65,403,206 completely insane statements.

  10. emperorreagan | Mar 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm |

    There’s a rule that for every sensible thing that someone in the Iranian government says, they must issue 65,403,206 completely insane statements.

    To clarify – they’re still paying off something the Shah said in the 70s.

  11. Anonymous | Mar 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm |

    All I get from it is a serious 80’s vibe.

  12. dumbsaint | Mar 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm |

    All I get from it is a serious 80’s vibe.

    • Tuna Ghost | Mar 3, 2011 at 12:51 am |

      weird, I get an early 90’s vibe, like a “Saved By The Bell” sort of font

  13. it’s def. says ZION, go see Rik Clay’s explanation (passed away 2 years ago) who happened to “suicide”? i dont think so! they got to him just like how they got to every single individual who were trying to share what they decoded. wake the F up people!!

  14. it’s def. says ZION, go see Rik Clay’s explanation (passed away 2 years ago) who happened to “suicide”? i dont think so! they got to him just like how they got to every single individual who were trying to share what they decoded. wake the F up people!!

  15. Tuna Ghost | Mar 3, 2011 at 2:26 am |

    I have a hat for you, its made of tinfoil and will look great

  16. I really just cant stop seeing Lisa Simpson doing bad things in that logo. Tsk Tsk Britain.

  17. I really just cant stop seeing Lisa Simpson doing bad things in that logo. Tsk Tsk Britain.

  18. It looks like someone ran over the KISS logo with a dump truck.

  19. It looks like someone ran over the KISS logo with a dump truck.

  20. ArgosyJones | Mar 3, 2011 at 4:13 am |

    It does say ZION, but it’s only a reference to the ‘Matrix’ films.

  21. Tuna Ghost | Mar 3, 2011 at 4:51 am |

    weird, I get an early 90’s vibe, like a “Saved By The Bell” sort of font

  22. mojojojo | Mar 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

    only if you play it backwards

  23. only if you play it backwards

  24. i bet i could make those shapes say “iran”

  25. i bet i could make those shapes say “iran”

  26. It’s nothing more than an ugly logo. Stupid people need to quit bitching.

  27. It’s nothing more than an ugly logo. Stupid people need to quit bitching.

  28. It’s nothing more than an ugly logo. Stupid people need to quit bitching.

  29. It’s nothing more than an ugly logo. Stupid people need to quit bitching.

  30. It’s nothing more than an ugly logo. Stupid people need to quit bitching.

  31. Because the Olympics weren’t uninteresting enough…

  32. Because the Olympics weren’t uninteresting enough…

  33. This information is derravative of the work of RIK CLAY, already uncovered this and many other significant esoteric connections with the olympics and logo, which invariabley drove him to suicide

    See RedIceCreations radio broadcast http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=4789

  34. This information is derravative of the work of RIK CLAY, already uncovered this and many other significant esoteric connections with the olympics and logo, which invariabley drove him to suicide

    See RedIceCreations radio broadcast http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=4789

  35. Hadrian999 | Mar 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm |

    great, now I see it too

  36. Also…its high time we dealt with the vast army of invisible Tinkerbell-sized flying Hebrews trained by Mossad to infiltrate Iranian political buildings and urinate in their coffee cups each day.

  37. Also…its high time we dealt with the vast army of invisible Tinkerbell-sized flying Hebrews trained by Mossad to infiltrate Iranian political buildings and urinate in their coffee cups each day.

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