A set of nude photos starring a pantyless woman leaning provocatively on a shopping cart inside an IKEA caused quite a stir online when it was posted to Weibo on Wednesday.
The widely-shared pics were allegedly taken at an IKEA in Beijing. The first set of nude photos were captioned: “I finally know why people in Beijing love shopping in IKEA.”
In one of the photos, the woman is seen showing off her naked butt while a couple of customers saunter past unknowingly.
A reporter for Tencent News has contacted the uploader of the pic who claimed that the photos were from a friend and taken at the IKEA located near Siyuan Bridge.
Beijing police also managed to track down the uploader, who was told by officers that he/she shouldn’t have posted such disturbing photos and must delete them immediately.
Soon after, a second set of nude photos were posted online with the title: “NSFW, the photos were taken in Wuhan.” These pics were quickly erased from Weibo. Tencent News reports that in the photos a naked woman with long hair was seen standing inside an IKEA showroom and sitting on a bed while customers walked by in the background.
Responding to the matter, IKEA released a public statement on Weibo,saying that: “There is speculation about the behavior of IKEA as it opens up new stores. IKEA strongly denies this speculation.” IKEA reiterated that it has reported the matter to the relevant authorities.
Nude photos frequently find their way onto Weibo, but it seems that netizens still aren’t quite sure what to think about them:
“I just don’t understand why such a young woman like her would do something so outrageous like this. Doesn’t she have any self-respect?” one wondered.
“I don’t believe IKEA’s statement. First, if IKEA didn’t deliberately set up the whole scene, why would such a huge shopping mall like IKEA have no one inside. Second, there was no view from the front of the woman. Who wouldn’t want to see her face after seeing her ass?” another wrote.
“Perhaps the woman just forgot to wear her panties,” one netizen joked.
In May, an exhibitionist couple snapped nude photos of each other on the streets of Dali. They were later detained by police after uploading the images onto Weibo, though some considered them artistic.
The month before, a photographer in Tibet also got into some trouble with the law when photos that he took of a nude woman posing in front of a sacred Tibetan lake were shared on Weibo.
This incident also mirrors last year’s most memorable sex scandal, where netizens speculated that Japanese retailer Uniqlo was behind a viral fitting room sex tape shot at its Beijing Sanlitun location. Uniqlo issued a statement denying any involvement.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via Tencent / Weibo]