In a dramatic turn of events, Ye Yuanzhi, a Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative candidate based in New Taipei City, Taiwan, found himself at the center of controversy and mockery. This scenario unfolded due to an unexpected breakdown in the collaboration between the KMT and the People First Party (PFP), leading to a premature election billboard featuring KMT presidential candidate Hou Youyi and PFP chairman Ko Wen-je.
From Ko Wen-je to Zhao Shaokang: A Public Transformation
Instead of taking down the billboard, Ye adopted an innovative approach. He decided to have the billboard repainted, substituting Ko's image with that of the KMT vice-presidential candidate, Zhao Shaokang. In a remarkable public display, the repainting process was live-streamed and executed by a sign painter perched on a cherry picker. The event resulted in a hand-painted 'face change,' transforming Ko Wen-je into Zhao Shaokang on the large billboard.
Ye's Hope and Public Reaction
Ye praised the painter's skill and expressed hope that the updated billboard would bring good fortune to the KMT. The incident, however, has resulted in mixed reactions from the public. The billboard, now a local landmark in Banqiao, has sparked online discussions with some netizens lauding the likeness and craftsmanship, while others found it odd or unrecognizable.
A Political Event Turned Social Media Spectacle
The event, initially a political maneuver, has now turned into a social media spectacle. It not only highlights the volatile nature of political alliances but also underscores the power of creativity and public engagement in modern-day election campaigns. Whether the 'face change' billboard proves to be a stroke of genius or a political misstep for Ye remains to be seen.