Hey, Ernie: Remember the top five arm statues? There was a Libyan one of a fist crushing a (fake) American plane. Well, it’s in the news all the time now, which put me in mind of a new top five list. As long as there have been dictators, there have been ugly statues they’ve commissioned to show people how awesome they are (“Ozymandias” anyone?). Seems a little silly, until you see the enthusiasm with which their former subjects destroy those statues once the dictators are gone. Here are five prime examples of defaced statues of ex-dictators.
5. The newest ex-statue, originally built at the orders of Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli Before (as featured earlier in E-verse).
3. Stalin in Budapest in 1956.
2. Lenin statue in Leni… um, St. Petersburg (you may not recognize him, but I assure you, that’s his ass).
Here’s the statue from the front.
1. Mao! But he wasn’t toppled by revolution; he was toppled to make way for a profitable real estate development! Hmmm.