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Large Internet Outcry Over Jumbo Chinese Statue

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This summer, Japan isn't the only country with enormous ladies. China is getting in on the act in a big way. The reaction in China, however, has been a huge letdown.

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The above sculpture, which went up in Xinjiang province, depicts an Aspara, a celestial maiden for the clouds and water in Buddhism and Hinduism.

The issue is that there seems to be a gap between what people online in China thinks looks beautiful and what the country's bureaucrats think looks beautiful.

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Some compared it to those paper items you burn for your dead ancestors, while others immediately dismissed the statue as either "ugly" or "frightening" or both. Some said it looked nothing like an Aspara. One individual even compared the figure to a blow-up doll, and another thought this might be a ruse to lower the price of real estate around the statue.

The government officials probably had no idea this would become such a big deal online.

Update: This statue was actually taken down—seemingly because of the online outcry.

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HA! Reminds me of a statue/art that was installed in a middle sized city (Ponta Grossa) in my state (Parana - Brazil)... dunno if there's any corruption scheme behind it (I guess not, just really bad taste), but the local government spent some 45 thousand bucks to build what became known as "big turd on a stick" and names like that.

It was supposed to symbolize a local pine tree and the rocks of a national park.

Installed right by the entrance of a public university, it was inaugurated in 2004 and finally removed in 2009, after generating all sorts of public and political discussions in the city and being mocked all over the world.