An image of the legendary British television personality, played by comedian Rowan Atkinson, was used by a hacker to replace Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero's picture on the official Spanish website yesterday. (Scroll down for screengrab.)
Observers have noted that comparing the Spanish premier to the bumbling star has become a common way to criticize the government. Reuters reports:
A recent edition of leading newspaper El Pais printed a cartoon depicting Zapatero as Mr Bean above an article critical of the government's handling of the economy, in which unemployment has more than doubled to about 19 percent.
However, there is also the simple fact that they share some physical similarities. The Guardian believes it is simply the "way their eyebrows arch".
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