Date
6 December 2016
Netizens have called for a typhoon-battered street sign to be left alone, saying it reminds them of Michael Jackson's gravity-defying lean in 'Smooth Criminal' (inset). Photos: Facebook/WoYuenLong, YouTube
Netizens have called for a typhoon-battered street sign to be left alone, saying it reminds them of Michael Jackson's gravity-defying lean in 'Smooth Criminal' (inset). Photos: Facebook/WoYuenLong, YouTube

Typhoon-hit street sign evokes memories of MJ dance move

If you are a fan of the late pop singer Michael Jackson, you’ll remember his iconic 45-degree lean in the video for the hit song ‘Smooth Criminal’.

Well, a street sign in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district now seems to be paying tribute to the gravity-defying phenomenon, thanks to Typhoon Haima.

After Haima ripped through Hong Kong on Friday, people walking along Sau Fu Street couldn’t help but notice a street sign that was battered by the winds and knocked off its upright position.

Amazingly, the dual-pole street sign, which guides people to buildings 1-29 along the road, was still standing, but in an artistic 45-degree tilt, news website hk01.com reports. 

The nameplate was intact and it was still serving its purpose, but it was assumed that it was only a matter of time before authorities would restore it to its original position.

But before that happened, a person uploaded a picture of the bent structure onto Facebook, prompting netizens to draw comparisons to Michael Jackson’s dance performance.

As the picture went viral, people commented that authorities should leave the twisted structure as it is, noting that it can serve as a new visitor attraction in Yuen Long. 

The man who uploaded the picture, a person surnamed Lau, said the typhoon-bent street sign reminded him of the two leaning mailboxes in Taipei, a red one and a green one, that drew people’s attention after Typhoon Soudelor in August last year.

Lau said he called the Highways Department to inform them about the matter. 

Sing Tao Daily quoted an official from the department as saying that it has notified the contractor that made the sign to restore the structure back to its normal position.

So don’t be surprised if the typhoon ‘memento’ is gone soon. 

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