China's People's Daily erects phallic HQ
People's Daily builds an impressive erection
The People's Daily newspaper in Beijing, China is erecting a new headquarters.
The new newspaper building looks like a male virile member. A johnson. A willy, if you will. There's nothing else for which it can be mistaken; no, not even a toadstool. They should call it NSFW HQ.
The idea of skyscrapers as phallic symbols is nothing new, but the People's Daily is really pushing it to new... heights? Girths? I don't even know where to go with that one.
Of course, Sina Weibo users have been having a field day with this, since everyone in the world likes a good naughty-bits joke.The state-run People's Daily is the Communist Party's mouthpiece, so Chinese citizens have an extra bone to pick.
"Of course the national mouthpiece should be imposing," said one user.
"It seems the People's Daily is going to rise up, there's hope for the Chinese dream," said another, referencing a Communist Party slogan.
Sina Weibo's response has been to censor any criticism of the People's Daily's firm, tall new structure. Search terms related to the building come up with no results found. Beijing's strategy against the Streisand Effect is brute force.
Perhaps it would be more efficient to simply surround the building with pixellated material.
I was able to contact the building's co-architects, who only had this to add: