On his head, the monkey wears a giant female doll mask complete with pony-tailed blonde hair and sunglasses.
Clutching a blue bucket to collect money, the monkey stands and looks around at the drivers, waiting for anyone who might be willing to offer some payment for his act.
Its bizarre performance is accompanied by traditional music. The bizarre clip was posted widely on Facebook and has divided viewers. Many have slated the cruelty towards the monkey with one social media user commenting, “Poor monkey! Chained by his neck and tortured just to please human beings.”
The incident is part of a traditional street performance known as Topeng Monyet, translated as Monkey’s Mask. It’s a controversial form of entertainment that sees captive macaque forced to dress as human and perform stunts such as riding bicycles.
They’re chained by their neck and videos online show them being yanked cruelly whilst performing for the public. Topeng Monyet was banned in Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta after a campaign in 2013.
Many of the monkeys were unable to return to the forests that they were taken from because of severe physical and mental trauma. However, the practice continues throughout Indonesia.