Someone wearing an unofficial teletubbies costume of the character Po, who is a large round red alien looking type creature with big ears and a circular antennae coming out the top of it's head and a blue square on it's tummy. They are standing at the bottom of a set of stairs in a white hallway. The costume is saggy and mishapen and the face is slightly menacing with wide eyes and a smile. The image has been edited to accentuate the sagginess with a slight swirling all over the costume. White text with a black background in two arches says 'feelin more oddy-body than body-ody'
Po from the Tellytubbies

A long-term enthusiasm of mine is mascot costumes. I have a collection of images on my laptop and phone of my favourites. I especially like Tweety for reasons I will explain in a later post.

Two costumes hung on stands, one is of Sylvester the cat and the other is Tweety Bird. Sylvester is a black cat with white feet, hands, stomach and cheeks. Tweety is yellow all over with an orange beak and big black eyelashes. They are hung in a small fabric cubicle, the fabric is cream coloured. They look creepy and awkward with no human bodies inside them to fill them out. At the top of the image is some white text with a black background which says 'when you both feel more oddy-body than body-ody'
Sylvester and Tweety Bird from Looney Tunes

I like mascots because they are a non-athletic and often surreal comedy presence in an atmosphere which is otherwise very focused on sporting physical ability. Their bodies are so jarring and out of place in these arenas of polished flexing muscles. They are often wrinkly, misshapen, oversized and furry. Anonymous. ANONYMOUS. Hiding in plain site. Now there is a sporting body that I can relate to.

A portrait format edited image and meme. In the background a houseparty is happening, people are dancing, smiling and drinking washed in purple light with green neon twinkly lights dotted around. Central is a poorly cut out image of an unofficial Elmo mascot. It is large, red, furry, saggy and slumped slightly to one side with his eyes gazing up vacantly and his mouth hanging wide open. Over the top is some arched white text with black background which says 'feelin more oddy-body han body-ody'.
Elmo from Sesame Street

Thinking about my own body in it’s current state, 5 months post partum after an emergency c-section, body-feeding around the clock, I am pushing myself to a different kind of limit than hyperable or athletic bodies. It is taking a lot of time to get used to the new form my body is taking after this major physical event. It hurts, it’s awkward, it’s soft, saggy and seepy. At the same time I am expected to be a smiley and chirpy children’s entertainer. I feel more drawn to these mascot figures and generally.. oddy-body.

Check out my research space to see more mascot influences.

Mr Blobby

Note: These memes were inspired by my friend Anisha who runs a project called Femme Fitness and who was talking in her instagram stories about running her classes when she’s not feeling great and trying to feel more ‘body-ody’ in reference to the Megan Thee Stallion song and I thought to myself.. I feel more oddy-body than body-ody. Thanks Anisha for the inspo xxxx

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