Date
10 December 2016
Japanese leader Shinzō Abe (inset) is depicted as the German dictator Adolf Hitler in the Shenyang shopping mall. He is in the company of wax replicas of US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Photo: china.com
Japanese leader Shinzō Abe (inset) is depicted as the German dictator Adolf Hitler in the Shenyang shopping mall. He is in the company of wax replicas of US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Photo: china.com

Shenyang shopping mall’s wax sculptures fuel controversy

An exhibition of wax figures of world leaders at a shopping mall in Shenyang, capital of northeastern China’s Liaoning province, is stirring up much controversy and online discussion.

The show, which is supposedly meant to attract more shoppers to the establishment, includes wax replicas of US President Barack Obama, smiling broadly in front of a blow-up of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and Russian leader Vladimir Putin with a very serious mien, standing stiffly in front of a picture of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, mainland news website ifeng.com reports.

But wait, there’s a third figure, that of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. However, there’s something odd about him – he sports Hitler’s signature moustache while bowing dejectedly. 

Behind him is an image commemorating the September 18 incident, which refers the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931.

Photos of the exhibition went viral on social media, with netizens either praising or assailing the Japanese leader’s statue.

Some say Abe’s depiction as Hitler is most inappropriate as it reflects the lack of professionalism on the part of the sculptor who made the wax replicas and the mall management who exhibited them.

Others, however, say it’s just right to make fun of Abe’s image because his country has refused to acknowledge the incident, apologize for it, or compensate the families of the victims.

 Many find the figures funny and entertaining.

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