Indonesian Army Destroys Much-mocked Tiger Statue

One tiger statue in front of an Indonesia military base has been destroyed after it became the butt of jokes online.

Photo source: Twitter / @halleluhellyeah

The grinning tiger in a small village in Garut was supposed to be a mascot for the Siliwangi Military Command. But internet users found it hilarious because it was so different from the fierce tiger on official logos, as quoted from BBC.

“I don’t know why, but every time I see its face, I laugh… buahaha,” said one Facebook user.

The tiger had been in place for several years, but only recently found internet fame and on Monday, the army moved in to put the tiger out of its misery, demolishing it with chisels.

The Commander of the military base told the BBC that the statue had been made a “long time ago” in Cisewu.

Social media users have been having fun with memes like this. Photo source: Facebook / Wibri Juniadi
Photo source: Twitter /‏ @marco_farhan
Photo source: Twitter / @si_wel

“Every unit has their own decision on how the statue was made, but sometimes the artist was not that good,” said Siliwangi military commander Maj Gen Herindra.

Vincent Candra told the BBC he had laughed a lot when he saw the picture of the tiger and decided to share it on Twitter.

It has since travelled across social media and made its way into the national media.

Many have poked fun at the tiger’s cartoonish appearance, while others edited it into film posters and surreal scenarios. Other people uploaded more weird looking tiger statues they had seen in front of army bases.

Of course, people had to mention Harambe and other famous stars ‘in heaven’. Photo source: Facebook

A parody Facebook page, Indonesia’s Humour Ministry [or Kementerian Humor Indonesia] said a lot of people were “broken hearted”.

“I didn’t expect it will go viral,” said Vincent. “I felt sad when I found out that the statue was destroyed.”

As one of first sites to share the photo last week, they said they felt “a bit guilty” that it had now gone.

Gen Herindra added the army would be looking at other statues in the region to see if they are “consistent with the original [military] emblem”. “If some of them are not good, we will change them,” he said.

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