Rogue mascot Chiitan has been making a lot of trouble lately, from flipping cars to picking fights with Last Week Tonight host John Oliver. And it looks like its wild lifestyle may finally have caught up with it—the “0-year-old fairy baby” otter has officially been deplatformed.
To be fair, there’s never been a point in the Chiitan timeline when the mascot wasn’t in some kind of hot water. Besides the whole thing about Chiitan not even being Susaki City’s real mascot, there have been multiple complaints concerning the otter’s disruptive behavior. This led to Susaki “firing” the original Chiitan, an actual otter with a massive Twitter following, as its “tourism ambassador” in an attempt to separate itself from the loose cannon.
Finally, after the aforementioned Oliver sent his own otter mascot over to steal the affections of Shinjokun (Susaki’s actual mascot character), it looks like Chiitan has had all its blue-checked accounts suspended, in every language all around the world.
For a time, Chiitan’s English-language Twitter account @ogecebel was all that was left of the mascot’s Twitter presence… but now that’s gone, too. Notably, Twitter account @love_otter_love—belonging to the original Chiitan, whose greatest sin is probably sitting there being an otter—has also been suspended.
The mascot’s promotional team noted that other entertainment accounts originating in Japan have been suspended recently for unknown reasons, but were quickly restored. They also mentioned that none of the accounts had any warnings or previous offenses.
The official team has created a new account at @HelpChiitan, dedicated to getting justice for the deplatformed fairy-otter-child. A Change.org petition has also been started, with new signatures coming in by the minute.
Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRV, We Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. Kara blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.