Jack Ma has long been mocked about his looks, with some netizens comparing his face to Gollum, a Picasso painting and other, for the most part, conventionally unattractive characters.
Last Sunday, the founder of Alibaba finally took to Weibo to respond to his critics, and uploaded images of some of the “Ma look-alikes” that’ve been floating around the Chinese web. He even gave each one a delightful caption.
“Thought I would give comic strips a try. This is even harder than being a CEO. Do you guys have any more pictures? To be continued!” Ma wrote in a post that has since racked up over 45,000 up-votes from web users.
The first image is a Picasso painting featuring a character that, according to Chinese internet users, bears more than a passing resemblance to the 51-year-old billionaire.
“Is the painting good because Picasso did well or was it because the man in the painting was handsome?” Ma wrote, adding that he recalled seeing this painting the first time he went to the Metropolitan Museum, and has since then admired the master’s “unique eye for beauty”.
In the second image of a young boy who some have apparently likened to Ma, he wrote: “The first time I saw this boy, I thought my family had uploaded my childhood picture.”
Ma said that when he was this kid’s age, he would’ve been holding a brick in his hand.
“I used to be so naughty that my neatly buttoned shirt would have no more than two buttons left by the time I returned home,” Ma said.
The third picture shows Ma himself, decked out in a leather jacket, a long white wig and a feathered mohawk. The picture was taken at a company event in 2014, wherein Ma performed to music from the Lion King musical.
“What more is there to worry if I didn’t scare the audience away by looking like this?” Ma wrote. “Right! Just be yourself! Only when be true to yourself can you be truly happy.”
Finally, Ma posted a picture of a grinning elderly man who some have speculated the entrepreneur will look like at old age. Ma wrote that he hopes to be half as satisfied as the man in the photo when he eventually does.
“Maybe someday, when I get so old that my teeth start falling out, I can go back to my hometown and enjoy a simple life,” wrote Ma.
Until then, we assume, he’ll be busy laughing all the way to the bank.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via People’s Daily Online and HKFP]