Saturday, 23 October 2021

Topless mermaids pulled from Indonesian park for ‘repair’ following backlash

Photo: The previously topless statue has been in the park for decades. (Supplied: Tribun News)

BALI: A theme park in Indonesia has removed its mermaid statues after images of their breasts covered by gold cloth went viral in the country and sparked an online backlash.

Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta covered the breasts of two statues which have been topless for decades, saying they were incompatible with “Eastern norms”.

Yesterday officials removed the statues, saying they are being repaired “to make them look better,” following unwanted national attention, reported Indonesian local media.

It is unclear how long repairs would take and which aspect of the statues was broken.

Photos of the statues’ new wardrobe went viral in Indonesia over the weekend, with social media users questioning whether the park was forced into the decision to cover up by conservative groups.

Indonesian movie director Joko Anwar questioned the decision behind the move, tweeting, “I’m curious to know who the main shareholder of Ancol is now”.

Social media users have also compared the new wardrobe to the cover of Mariah Carey’s Butterfly album from 1997, where she is seen wearing a similar gold top.

One person tweeted, “The effect of often trying to look sexy, one singer has now been turned to stone”.

However, a representative of the park has denied the suggestion they were forced into the decision, saying there were no external pressures.

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