China’s web censors have culled stories on Beijing’s inflatable toad after netizens compared the bloated amphibian’s appearance to former Communist Party Chief, Jiang Zemin. Of course we non-troublemaking Shanghaiist scribes don’t see any resemblance at all……
The 22-meter-tall bathtub toy, located in Yuyuantan Park, was meant to bring fortune and blessings. And it looks like it did, at least for many social media users.
China’s craze for glorified parade floats was sparked last year when Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman unveiled a giant rubber ducky in Hong Kong harbour. Since then, there have been chickens, pink kittens, and many more.
But while we know art is up to interpretation, we sort of doubt any of them were intended as Presidential doppelgangers.