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'Smokey Bear looks buff': Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade's 'ripped' fire safety balloon is a thirst trap

Smokey Bear has always appeared in the public shirtless but this year many fans noticed it to be much sexier and hot
UPDATED NOV 25, 2022
The giant smokey bear floated in the city on Thursday, November 24 ( Smokey Bear/ Instagram, Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
The giant smokey bear floated in the city on Thursday, November 24 ( Smokey Bear/ Instagram, Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Smokey Bear was marching across the streets of New York City during Macy's Thanksgiving parade on Thursday, November 24. Though the Bear appears shirtless every year for the thanksgiving celebrations, fans found him 'sexier' and 'hot' this year. 

Though the bear is supposed to communicate an important message about wildfire safety, however, this year most enthusiasts noticed his looming, brawny, unsettling hotness, reported Daily Beast. Smokey Bear was initially created in 1944 by the US Forest Service and the Ad Council to promote forest-fire prevention. It was used to make public announcements regarding the dangers of unplanned wildfires. The Bear became people's favorite with the slogan, "only YOU can prevent forest fires."


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The floating Smokey bear in New York City (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
The floating Smokey bear in New York City (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

However, even his slogans have changed over the time, Smokey’s original slogan was "Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires." In 1947, it became "Remember... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires." In 2001, it was again updated to its current version of "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires," reported Meanwhile, Smokey Bear made his initial appearance at Macy's Thanksgiving in 1952 with the permission of Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program (CFFP).


Smokey Bear is designed by William Ludwick, a design engineer for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The balloon is ideally 58 feet tall, 30.6-feet wide, and weighed 420 pounds. 5,000 square feet of nylon fabric, as per MacysThanksgiving website. However, Bear had taken a break from appearing in the march from 1981 to 1995. It had made an on-and-off appearance since 1995. However, it has been appearing in the parade every year since 2019. 

'Since when is Smokey Bear Zaddy bait'

The Internet quickly reacted to the appearance of Smokey Bear in the parade. A user said, "Smokey Bear looks buff. I will prevent forest fires Mr. Bear. Promise. #MacysThanksgivingDayParade." Another claimed, " Battle of the jacked muscle balloons.. I think Smokey Bear can take Goku." Another added, "Aye yo why did Smokey bear have a defined chest??." Another user stated, "smokey bear hasn’t been skipping chest day, that’s for sure." A user tweeted, "SINCE WHEN IS SMOKEY BEAR ZADDY BAIT."

Another added, "When I was a kid they rebranded Smokey the Bear to Smokey Bear and now it’s Smoke Show Bear Talk about putting out a fire." A user stated, "me when smokey bear shows up." A user explained, "Smokey Bear is really bringing daddy vibes and I’m here for it #MacysThanksgivingParade." A user asked, "When did Smokey Bear get hot?." Another user then claimed, "i feel like they make the smokey bear balloon just a little more zaddy every year."











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