IKEA stuffed toy Lufsig becomes symbol of solidarity and protest

Posted Dec 11, 2013 by Lesley Lanir
Lufsig, an IKEA stuffed toy wolf, has become a best-seller and symbol of solidarity and protest after being thrown as a sign of dissent at Hong Kong's territorial leader Leung Chun-ying.
Lufsig  IKEA stuffed toy
Lufsig, IKEA stuffed toy
Screen Shot - IKEA catalogue
IKEA's stuffed toy, "Lufsig", based on the wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale has become a best-selling toy in Hong Kong since a disgruntled citizen threw it at the territory's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
Hong Kong citizens seem to have identified with the actions of the man who threw the stuffed toy because the Swedish chain's three stores on the island were quickly emptied of all their toys.
Mr. Leung has been nicknamed “The Wolf” by local media, due to what they see as "his cunning and unreliability, and his closeness to Beijing."
Hong Kong s territorial leader Leung Chun-ying
Hong Kong's territorial leader Leung Chun-ying
Although the article in the National Post states that according to a December survey by Hong Kong University, Mr. Leung has a 42 percent support rating, he and his administration have had several scandals to deal with including building without permits at his luxury home and one of his ministers resigning after being found guilty of housing fraud.
IKEA's Lufsig, who comes accompanied with a grandma doll he can swallow, even has his own Facebook page with a profile description of 'public figure' and has received to date over 47,000 likes.
In order to enlighten readers of the meaning of the action of throwing the stuffed toy and the appropriateness of the name Lufsig, one commenter on the article in the National Post explains that by combing the different Cantonese and Mandarin translations and pronunciations "the result of throw the Lufsig in Cantonese [is] "Fxxk his Mother's axxhxle"