Internet meme takes seat in Ukrainian parliament
Депутати Почекуна поставили за трибуну pic.twitter.com/L3c2wP65NN— Serhii Andrushko (@S_Andrushko) February 24, 2017
Independent MP Borislav Bereza brought a stuffed toy of “Zhdun,” which roughly translates as “the one who waits,” to parliament on Friday, in a stunt aimed at shaming politicians who don’t show up to perform their civic duty.
Bereza said in a Facebook post that less than half, or 150 of 322 MPs, were physically present and that: "Like a majority of Ukrainians, [Zhdun] is waiting for MPs to start attending and working. He does not lack time or patience. Unlike Ukraine."
The stuffed creature is a replica of a sculpture by Dutch artist Margriet van Breevoort, which became an internet sensation in Russia after being posted on social media site Pikabu, with netizens superimposing the would-be politician into a variety of famous works of art and pop culture favorites.
Here he is gracing the iconic Iron Throne from hit TV show “Game of Thrones.”
Here he is contemplating the meaning of life.
Zhdun is not just restricted to fine art, but is also tech-savvy, it seems. He remains active on social media when he finds the time in between important meetings at parliament.
After a long day at the office, Zhdun seems to enjoy a refreshing beer as much as the next person.