Friday, January 15, 2010

Hey VANOC! Get your head out of your ass!

Someone please explain why VANOC suddenly thinks its God? I am so sick and tired of the 2010 Olympic Nazis...were the host city organizations for previous Olympics this ghestapo-ish??

In case you aren't aware, Vancouver is expecting the Olympics in about a month. Whoo f*cking hoo. Ever since we were granted the Games it has been one news story after another with VANOC crying fowl. First it was the poor guy who owned Olympia Pizza on Denman. He was essentially told that no one cared that he'd been in business YEARS before Vancouver even dreamt of bidding for the games. He was infringing on a trademarked name so suck it up and change the name. Looks like he is fighting back and so he should. Sure, there are people who will try to use the Olympics to further their profits but come on, a guy who has a restaurant that focuses on Greek food (*knock knock* VANOC, in case you haven't heard Greece is sort of where the Olympics originated) really shouldn't have to be worried about the Olympic Nazis busting down his door and ripping the sign down.

Recently Lululemon received a backlash from VANOC over their extremely clever marketing for a new line of clothing called: “Cool Sporting Event That Takes Place in British Columbia Between 2009 & 2011 Edition”. No where does it even specifically mention Olympics or 2010 or even Vancouver. So too bad, so sad VANOC. Go do something worthwhile like figure out how to pay for this "prestigious event". Do not, and I repeat do NOT go whining about another company trying to build Canadian pride!! Which brings me to my last point.

The other day in the paper I saw a story about how VANOC had its knickers in a knot about Scotiabank's latest campaign "Show Your Colors". No where does it mention the Olympics. It's supposed to be a way for Canadians to show their Canadian pride by uploading pictures to the site in an effort to win prizes.This campaign was done during the Grey Cup last year and I imagine if the Vancouver Canucks get their asses in gear and actually MAKE the playoffs, it might be revamped for the Stanley Cup playoffs (that's just a supposition. I do not have any association with Scotiabank). Yes, they have a former Olympic hockey player as an advisor but really, that's probably as close to an Olympic connection it has.

I get that in order to pay for this boondoggle we are calling the 2010 Olympic Games, VANOC needs sponsers to pony up some major cash. But really, their protection of anything and everything Olympics is getting to be a bit much. The BIGGEST irony of it all? Scotiabank has partnered with VISA (an official 2010 sponsor) to put out Olympic themed VISA gift cards. So Scotia, a non-Olympics sponser, is the ONLY place you can get a VISA gift card COVERED with Olympic trademarks...

Does anyone else see slight conflict with that?


Salsa Mom said...

Happy Saturday Sharefest! Just stopping by from SITS! Welcome to blogging, have fun, looks like you already are.

NatureGirl said...

@Salsa Mom Thanks for the comment :) I'll be hitting SITS regularly I think. A great place to network

Respectfully Yours said...

Hi welcome..just popping in from SITS...pop by and visit me sometime.

Babe_chilla said...

Happy SITS day. I'm also in Vancouver and sick and tired of this thing. UGH!

You forgot to mention that none of the people who LIVE here, can drive or use transit easily. You know, since TransLink is asking you give yours 3 ADDITIONAL HOURS to take transit, and all our roads are closed. Thanks VANOC, I didn't need those 6 extra hours a day for sleeping and eating dinner...instead I'll spend them getting to and from work, which is 17km's from my house.

INFURIATING! It will be a great day when this is all over...the day BEFORE our taxes skyrocket to pay for it.

Debbie said...

And here I thought I was the only person that didn't think it was a good thing for a city to host the Olympics! I am shocked over them trying to make the pizza guy change his name. What audacity.
Came over from SITS.

5thsister said...

Oh my goodness! I had heard about the politics surroundig the Olympic games before but this is madness.

Stopping over from SITS

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