TORONTO, Canada – The long heralded and highly respected Canadian Bicentennial Flower Club recently changed their logo to an item that looks suspiciously similar to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, more commonly known as HIV. Club President Carl Westcott denies using the image of the virus responsible for the AIDS epidemic as his clubs new international symbol. “Our logo is simply a beautiful flower,” Westcott said. “Obviously, it does not occur in nature, but it is a ‘concept’ flower, if you will.”
Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, offers a different perspective. “It’s pretty obvious that they just took our website’s diagram of the AIDS virus. They took off all the tags identifying the parts of the virus and just added their name to it.” Dr. Gerberding added, “This is not just copyright infringement; it’s incredibly morbid.”
Below: The AIDS Virus
Below: The Canadian Bicentennial Flower Club’s New Logo
Westcott called the accusations “ridiculous.” The logo was specifically designed to accentuate meaning in the club’s history, he said. “The outer ring of purple tulips represents the short lived yet incredibly violent ‘Tulip Revolution’ when a small group of Toronto separatists almost seized control of the city for a few hours in 1864.” Westcott went on to describe the rings of blue dots as “a ring of blue bells surrounding an enclave of pansies, inside which decorative, mangled dafidils are placed.” Westcott went on to describe the image to be “utterly beautiful” and a “perfect representation” of the club.
Still, others are not so convinced. Gabe Utsekcs, a flower enthusiast in the Toronto area, is also diagnosed with full blown AIDS, and he isn’t so sure about the logo. “On the one hand, I do think it is beautiful,” said Utsecks. “But on the other hand, it is a painfully tragic reminder of my terminal condition.” When asked whether the club should rescind the logo, Utsekcs contracted Kaposi’s sarcoma.