Pedobear

pedobear

Pedobear is an Internet meme that became popular through the imageboard ‘4chan.’ As the name suggests, it is portrayed as a pedophilic bear. It is a concept used to mock pedophiles or people who have an interest in minors or ‘jailbait.’ The bear image has been likened to bait used to lure children or as a mascot for pedophiles.

The bear character originates from the popular bulletin board system (BBS) ‘2channel’ in Japan, where it was introduced as ‘Kuma’ (‘bear’ in Japanese). Unlike Pedobear, Kuma has no sexual connotations, pedophilic or otherwise. Pedobear eventually became known outside 4chan as it was referenced by newspapers and prominent websites. It has been frequently misunderstood as a mascot of child sex offenders, on the contrary, it mocks such people.

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