South Africa seems to be staying in step with shitty World Cup mascot lineage.
To no one's surprise the committee decided to cross breed a human with a "radical" leopard to create a freakish amalgamation dubbed Zakumi. I was holding out hope for a rhino+shark/human hybrid. next time.
interesting cultural fact that you'll forget in 1 minute: "Za” is an acronym for South Africa while “kumi” apparently translates as “10″ in various languages across Africa. wow.
and here are some previous cup mascots. A few of them have a full bodied racist overtone. Mexico and South america stand out the most. Apparently there used to be a lot of love for Big Hats south of the border. si.