The Indonesian military has removed a statue of a grinning, cartoon-like tiger from outside an army base after it sparked a flood of online mockery.
The tiger is the mascot for the local military but the one at the entrance to the small base in Cisewu – which had a broad grin and cuboid head – quickly became a laughing stock after pictures of it were posted online.
“Tigers should look fierce because they represent bravery and resilience. When some people criticised the statue for looking funny, we couldn’t ignore it.”
— Mokhamad Desi Arianto, local military spokesman
Critics said it looked more a like a cartoon character than a fearsome military symbol, and the web was soon flooded with mocking comments and memes of the smiling beast.
“My head hurts trying to suppress my laughter looking at the memes of the Cisewu tiger,” said one Twitter user Galcit.
With no sign of the furore abating, the military on Monday removed the mascot which had stood outside the base on top of a sign for six years. Pictures posted online showed military personnel using hammers and chisels to take it down.
“Tigers should look fierce because they represent bravery and resilience,” local military spokesman Mokhamad Desi Arianto said. “When some people criticised the statue for looking funny, we couldn’t ignore it.”
He said a new statue of a tiger would be erected in its place.
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