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Jakarta Post

Governor Fauzi’s finger sparks online controversy

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2012   /  09:35 am

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo sparked a controversy after a picture of him “giving the finger” circulated through social media on Monday.

A picture of the governor, popularly known as Foke, and band members with upraised middle fingers spread among Twitter users on Monday, sparking comments and criticism from social media users.

In the picture, reportedly cropped from a video, the governor and a group of teenagers were seen smiling at the camera, flashing the offensive gesture. The gaffe was made while Fauzi was on stage to give prizes to competition winners at an anniversary event for the daily Pos Kota on Sunday afternoon.

Asked about the incident on Monday, the governor claimed that he had no idea what the gesture meant.

“I had no idea what the gesture means, even until now. I just followed the band members gesturing the middle finger. Apparently all ba...