Olympic mascot's voice reveal draws unwanted attention in China

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The Beijing Olympics' ice suit-wearing panda mascot Bing Dwen Dwen was a huge hit with shoppers in China -- until it started talking in a deep, male voice. The revelation of the Olympic mascot's "uncle" voice, which came in a program on China's state-run China Central Television on Tuesday, generated some social media backlash from Bing Dwen Dwen fans, making organizers break into an icy-cold sweat. Bing Dwen Dwen, which has appeared at different Olympic venues, was interviewing Chinese skier Yang Shuorui when it asked her a question in a baritone voice, after which viewers also got an "accide...

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