Lucky shoppers stepping into one shopping mall in Shenyang, Liaoning province have been greeted with wax figures of three world leaders — Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe.
However, it’s the Abe likeness that is generating the most attention since the artist decided to give the Japanese prime minister a wrinkled face, a kowtowing posture and a Hitler mustache.
Behind Abe-Hitler, the Chinese characters read: “Commemorating the September 18th Incident. In English, this is known as the Mukden or Manchurian Incident, when a staged explosion in Shenyang (then called Mukden) provided Japan with the pretext for its invasion of Manchuria in 1931. This year was the 85th anniversary of that incident, causing some “patriotic” Chinese companies to ban their employees from buying the new iPhone 7.
Those bans were largely ridiculed across China, just like this Abe wax figure:
“I hate this kind of behavior, this isn’t patriotism!” one web user commented.
“What a total disgrace,” wrote another.
“When it comes to that war, we should remember the historical lessons, not the hatred,” advised another.
While the Abe likeness may have generated some very mixed reviews, we have to say that the Putin is pretty spot-on.
But the Obama could use some work.
This isn’t the first time that Shinzo Abe has been spotting kowtowing in China. Last year, an Abe lookalike robot was seen at a robotic exhibition in Shanghai, bowing in apology to onlookers.
[Images via Zaker / NetEase]
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