Sunday, May 29, 2011

Smokey Bear is Kind of Creepy

Took this on our road trip.
"Only you can prevent forest fires." I grew up seeing and hearing Smokey Bear, or Smokey the Bear, on television and on road signs everywhere.

The other night Smokey Bear was in my dreams. I am serious. I remembered it when I woke up and I told my husband about it. I don't remember a lot of details. There wasn't a lot going on in the dream. I was just dreaming about Smokey Bear and in my dream I was disturbed  because I was noticing, for the first time in my life, how much of a weird bear-man creature he is.  I cannot believe I never really noticed it before - that Smokey Bear is really just a man with a furry body and a bear head. I think what I find disturbing is his naked torso. He wears pants, but he never wears a shirt. I understand why you would want to put pants on your cartoon creation. But then why would you not have him also wear a shirt? More disturbing is how in many images he has these ripped 4-pack abs and defined arm and back muscles. Like a man. A bear man. Does he have to have that? To make him look more tough and manly? Look at the images below that I found on the internet. It is weird. Just weird. My childhood innocence and love of Smokey is now tarnished. Thanks a lot stupid dream.

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