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'Pedobear' is Besetting the Internet and Bemusing Cops

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: • References: urlesque & valleywag.gawker
The adorable furry cartoon known as ‘Pedobear' has been appearing all over the Internet for some time, but the authorities are only just catching on. The little brown bear crops up on blogs and forums, placed by online addicts everywhere as a symbolic comment on the appropriateness of a post or photo.

Despite being a lighthearted symbol meant to mock pedophilia, the 'Pedobear' has just been flagged by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office as a dangerous mascot of Internet child predators. The authorities are now beginning to inform parents of their own inaccurate understanding of the cartoon meme, advising them to keep their kids clear of any of his manifestations, whether online, on bumper stickers or as costumes in broad daylight. Stats for Misinterpreted Memes Trending: Older & Average
Traction: 7,242 clicks in 209 w
Interest: 4 minutes
Concept: Pedobear
Related: 31 examples / 24 photos
Segment: Neutral, 12-55
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