Those Angry Birds (and the little green pigs that they destroy) may seem like just an extreme time waster in your pocket, but now they've taken a break from busting up bricks and boards to enjoy a brisk ride with an honorary character this week. Rovio Entertainment has fashioned the yellow bird into a mustachioed Mercury-esque avatar in the animated video below—set to Queen’s “Bicycle Race”—for the annual Freddie for a Day campaign, which celebrates the singer and raises funds for HIV/AIDS charity Mercury Phoenix Trust.
“Freddie for a Day is such a great way to honor Freddie’s fun and flamboyant spirit while delivering an important message,” Rovio’s CMO Peter Vesterbacka said in a statement. “Queen’s music has endured for a reason, because its creativity and contagious fun appeals to fans of all ages, and we’re happy to help keep Freddie’s memory and music alive for new generations of fans.”
Now, is it just creepy that the yellow bird has Mercury's heavy-lidded sexiness—and chest hair peeking out of a white shirt—or an honorable way to celebrate the queer rocker who died in 1991 from complications with AIDS? Mercury would be 66 tomorrow, September 5, so it's impossible to know what the subversive rock star would have thought of such a "tribute."
To keep in the spirit, we remember that last year Google had this animated short to honor the late rocker.