The Transports Urbans de Sabadell (TUS), which operates within the metropolis simply north of Barcelona, revealed its “La Bussi” mascot on TikTok on 22 September to a storm of social media reactions.
“La Bussi is the new mascot of the urban buses of #Sabadell,” a translation of the video’s caption reads.
The mascot has inexperienced arms, toes and what resemble antennae. White in color, it seems to have bus routes depicted throughout its physique and a smile mounted to its tiny face.
In the video, La Bussi might be seen showing from the doorways of a bus earlier than dancing down a pink carpet and down a avenue, together with different members of the bus firm.
Twitter customers had been fast to touch upon the video, with one evaluating the brand new mascot to a snail, whereas one other wrote: “Not sure why a bus service needs a mascot – or why pretty much anything does to be honest – but hey actually has the routes printed on it, so right away wins the award for most practical mascot at least. You go, you mad, practical, thingo!”
Others had been much less satisfied, with one particular person commenting: “New sleep paralysis demon just dropped.”
Another wrote: “What the heck is it supposed to be? I get that it is part route map, but then it looks kind of like a snail or something!? I’m so confused! And man, that name is either super unfortunate or super awesome, not sure which one, just yet.”
The mascot has confronted criticism over the selection of identify, which apparently refers to slang for a person’s anus in English.
Spanish audio system had been, nonetheless, much less confused by the “La Bussi” moniker.
Paco López, President of the TUS, mentioned the identify was a portmanteau of the Spanish phrases “¡Bus, sí!”, which interprets to “bus” and “yes” in English.
Mr López mentioned he believes the introduction of the mascot will assist create constructive associations with public transport in Sabadell’s kids.
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