Why did they even try?
The CN Tower may not have received the response it wanted Tuesday when it unveiled its new mascot: a walking version of the tower.
The Toronto tourist attraction's new ambassador wears a long, grey structured tunic and a tiny model of the structure on its head.
For those expecting at least a smidgen of creativity, the mascot was quite a letdown.
There's a 100% chance the new CN Tower mascot is the first idea that they came up with pic.twitter.com/5IKq6zFdqh
— Stats Canada (@stats_canada) July 19, 2017
"Wow never seen a tampon without the packaging," wrote one person.
But this is not the first time someone has donned a tower costume, as Twitter users pointed out.
But the novelty of a bipedal tower may actually be good for promotion.
Actor Kal Penn shared a picture from a recent visit with the tiny tower on Instagram, prompting a reference to the stoner he plays in the Harold and Kumar movie series, Kumar Patel.
"This reminds me of the scene where Kumar had a fantasy about the bag of weed," wrote one commenter on Penn's post.
Then another person just had to make a most unfortunate comparison.
"Anybody notice how this mascot resemble a kkk costume? Please consider another options before this is going further," they wrote.
And despite a HuffPost Canada editor's comment the designer(s) probably wanted to avoid anything that looked phallic, they clearly didn't go far enough.
But before people got too upset, Toronto-based radio station KiSS 92.5 reminded us what the tower's very first mascot looked like.
The tiny tower is slightly less nightmare inducing, right?
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