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People Confused the South Korean Flag With the Pepsi Logo at the Winter Olympics 2018

Teen Vogue logo Teen Vogue 2/9/2018 Andrea Park
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Picture the Pepsi logo. Now, picture the South Korean flag. It seems that more than a few people might confuse the two as the same thing. Yikes.

As the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang took place on Friday (if you forgot to wake up at the crack of dawn to watch them live, they'll be shown again in primetime at 8 p.m. on NBC), plenty of people took to Twitter to admitting that South Korea's flag caused them to do a double take.

"First glance it looks like a Pepsi commercial," one person tweeted alongside a screenshot of a moment from the ceremony in which hundreds of people formed the blue and red center of the South Korean flag. Other Twitter users commented about the idea of Pepsi sponsoring the entire opening ceremony. "I for one am sick and tired of the commercialization of the olympics. South Korea making a giant human Pepsi logo during the opening ceremonies?? For shame," one wrote, presumably sarcastically.

If the flag had you doing a double take, though, it's completely understandable. Here's the South Korean flag:

© Getty Images

And here's the Pepsi logo:

a close up of a sign © PepsiCo

They're pretty different, sure, but the people confusing the two are likely still remembering Pepsi's old logo. The current asymmetrical design was adopted in 2008, but before then, dating back to 1962, according to AdAge, the red, white, and blue stripes were arranged in a more symmetrical, wavelike design. That logo, which was plastered on soda cans and billboards for nearly half a century and bore an uncanny resemblance to the center of the South Korean flag, is probably still the one that anyone older than 10 thinks of when they think of Pepsi.

Still, it probably should've been obvious that the giant red and blue circle featured prominently at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea was the South Korean flag and not an American soda company's logo.

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Related slideshow: Olympics opening ceremony (Provided by USA Today Sports)

Olympics: Opening Ceremony: Erin Hamlin leads the delegation from the United States during the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. The Olympic Opening Ceremony
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