The Taoyuan City Government will have public restroom signage in a Hakka culture park in the city redesigned after public criticism that the symbols were degrading to women, and in poor taste.
The signs at the Lunping Cultural Landscape Park in Guanyin District depict a male peeping over a wall at a female, and a male lifting a female’s skirt. The unusual and pervy symbols are used to guide users to the public restrooms.
The signs have “been around for a while” according to media reports. While no specific time scale was mentioned, the park was first opened in 2019. However, the signage has been discussed in social media over the last few days.
Earlier today, Wednesday, November 24, the Hakka Affairs Bureau and Taoyuan City Government Urban Development Bureau, which jointly manage the park, responded that the design concept was based on “a humorous point of view” and that they will collect more public opinions before deciding whether to change the designs.
However, some city councilors panned the signage as being inappropriate humor, in poor taste and tarnishing the image of the city.
This evening, the Taoyuan City Government announced that the signs will definitely be redesigned after Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan weighed in on the issue.
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