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Tulsa media erroneously reports San Diego Comic Con Pedobear was \’registered sex offender\’

Tulsa media erroneously reports San Diego Comic Con Pedobear was ‘registered sex offender’

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A miscommunication between the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma, US and a Tulsa TV reporter has led to a man dressed as “Pedobear” at the San Diego Comic Con being erroneously labeled as a “registered sex offender.”

A recent story about police departments warning parents to beware of an Internet joke called “Pedobear” took a dark turn on Tuesday, when a Tulsa television station alerted the public that a “registered sex offender” was dressing up as the mascot, and handing out candy to children at family-friendly events. “A registered sex offender was spotted dressed as a Japanese cartoon character called ‘Pedobear’,” reported the FOX 23 news broadcast that evening. “That happened in San Diego at a comics conference, at an event that attracts plenty of families.”

However, the report was incorrect, and the man escorted out of the San Diego Comic Con in July was not a registered sex offender at all. “I did say it to the reporter,” admitted Tulsa Police Sgt. John Adams. “It was bad information, a miscommunication.”

Adams added, “We have the Tulsa State Fair coming up, and we wanted to let parents know about potential dangers.”

This report gave credence to the rapidly-spreading story of the menacing Pedobear, a satirical cartoon bear that has come to represent paedophilia on the Internet. According to some law enforcement agencies, Pedobear is being used by paedophiles to indicate their sexual interests to one another. They also assert that paedophiles may be dressing up as cute mascots, as a way to get close to children.

These assertions have been widely ridiculed on the Internet. The Huffington Post wrote, “He isn’t, in any way, a mascot or supporter for pedophilia.” The Internet meme originated on the website 4chan, where it was used to mock overly sexualized images of children. Often, an image of Pedobear was added to the offending posting, with the message, “Pedobear approves of this post.”

From there, the meme moved out onto the wider Internet, where it has been repeatedly used as a shorthand way of saying that people were being inappropriate about children. During the Roman Catholic Church’s sex scandal, Pedobear was often used to mock the church. A Polish newspaper mistakenly ran an image of Pedobear alongside the 2010 Vancouver Olympics mascots, much to the delight of Internet jokesters.

Police in California misunderstood the meaning of Pedobear, and the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department began warning parents in public information fliers that Pedobear was an indication of paedophiles nearby. The story has become an Internet-wide sensation over the past few days, as in-the-know bloggers and reporters began to mercilessly ridicule the police department’s actions in the name of protecting children.

It “made them the laughing stock of the internet,” reported UK tabloid The Daily Mail on Monday.

Despite the overwhelming scorn heaped on the California law enforcement agencies on the Internet, the Tulsa, Oklahoma police department took the warning seriously, reissuing the public information warning, and mistakenly telling reporters that San Diego Comic Con Pedobear costume was being worn by a convicted “sex offender.”

The Tulsa Police Department and FOX News 23 have since issued retractions, but the warnings to watch out for Pedobear continue on other Tulsa-area media outlets.



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One dead, two injured after car crash in Somerset, England

One dead, two injured after car crash in Somerset, England

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A man has died and another man and a woman are injured after a road traffic accident in Somerset, England, United Kingdom. At approximately 02:00 British Summer Time (01:00 UTC) yesterday, a BMW 328 that was carrying the three along the A370 road in East Brent — close to the location of Burnham-on-Sea — struck a telegraph pole before becoming stationary in a hedge and subsequently caught fire.

The 19-year-old male driver died at the location of this one-vehicle collision. The male passenger and female passenger, both of which were also teenage, were transported to Weston General Hospital. The road — which electricity cables had fallen onto — was closed down for approximately nine hours, with the fire service and police present.

It is thought that the A-road has now been re-opened. The police have commenced an investigation to attempt to establish the chain of events.

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Jupiter at its brightest in 47 years

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Jupiter makes its closest approach to Earth in 47 years this week.
Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.

The planet Jupiter will be at its closest to the Earth since 1963 tomorrow and Tuesday, scientists say. This will cause the planet’s appearance to peak at a brightness and size not seen since then. The planet Uranus will also make a close approach, but will be more difficult to spot, as it is much farther away.

Scientists say that Jupiter will rise at about the time of sunset and will be nearly directly overhead at midnight. The only brighter object that will be in the sky at that time will be the moon. NASA scientist Tony Phillips said “Jupiter is so bright right now, you don’t need a sky map to find it.” It will not appear this bright again until 2022.

Jupiter will pass within 368 million miles of Earth at the time of closest approach. Although this will occur on Monday and Tuesday, it will remain large and bright for approximately another month.

During this event, the planet will be located in the sky not far from the moon. Some of the planet’s own moons will be visible with the aid of a telescope or binoculars.

According to NASA scientists, Earth-Jupiter encounters occur about every 13 months. Since both planets’ orbits are slightly elliptical, meaning they are not perfect circles around the Sun, the distance varies in each encounter.

Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, is the fifth planet from the Sun and is more massive than all of the other planets combined, about 318 times as massive as the Earth.



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Tulsa media erroneously reports San Diego Comic Con Pedobear was ‘registered sex offender’

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

The original Pedobear.
Image: 4chan.

A miscommunication between the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma, US and a Tulsa TV reporter has led to a man dressed as “Pedobear” at the San Diego Comic Con being erroneously labeled as a “registered sex offender.”

A recent story about police departments warning parents to beware of an Internet joke called “Pedobear” took a dark turn on Tuesday, when a Tulsa television station alerted the public that a “registered sex offender” was dressing up as the mascot, and handing out candy to children at family-friendly events. “A registered sex offender was spotted dressed as a Japanese cartoon character called ‘Pedobear’,” reported the FOX 23 news broadcast that evening. “That happened in San Diego at a comics conference, at an event that attracts plenty of families.” (video)

However, the report was incorrect, and the man escorted out of the San Diego Comic Con in July was not a registered sex offender at all. “I did say it to the reporter,” admitted Tulsa Police Sgt. John Adams. “It was bad information, a miscommunication.”

Adams added, “We have the Tulsa State Fair coming up, and we wanted to let parents know about potential dangers.”

This report gave credence to the rapidly-spreading story of the menacing Pedobear, a satirical cartoon bear that has come to represent paedophilia on the Internet. According to some law enforcement agencies, Pedobear is being used by paedophiles to indicate their sexual interests to one another. They also assert that paedophiles may be dressing up as cute mascots, as a way to get close to children.

These assertions have been widely ridiculed on the Internet. The Huffington Post wrote, “He isn’t, in any way, a mascot or supporter for pedophilia.” The Internet meme originated on the website 4chan, where it was used to mock overly sexualized images of children. Often, an image of Pedobear was added to the offending posting, with the message, “Pedobear approves of this post.”

From there, the meme moved out onto the wider Internet, where it has been repeatedly used as a shorthand way of saying that people were being inappropriate about children. During the Roman Catholic Church’s sex scandal, Pedobear was often used to mock the church. A Polish newspaper mistakenly ran an image of Pedobear alongside the 2010 Vancouver Olympics mascots, much to the delight of Internet jokesters.

Police in California misunderstood the meaning of Pedobear, and the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department began warning parents in public information fliers that Pedobear was an indication of paedophiles nearby. The story has become an Internet-wide sensation over the past few days, as in-the-know bloggers and reporters began to mercilessly ridicule the police department’s actions in the name of protecting children.

It “made them the laughing stock of the internet,” reported UK tabloid The Daily Mail on Monday.

Despite the overwhelming scorn heaped on the California law enforcement agencies on the Internet, the Tulsa, Oklahoma police department took the warning seriously, reissuing the public information warning, and mistakenly telling reporters that San Diego Comic Con Pedobear costume was being worn by a convicted “sex offender.”

The Tulsa Police Department and FOX News 23 have since issued retractions, but the warnings to watch out for Pedobear continue on other Tulsa-area media outlets.



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