A statue of the late comedian Lucille Ball has left some fans in her hometown unhappy. They say the statue is a poor likeness of the legendary star, and describe it as “ugly” and even “frightening.”
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A Facebook campaign that was created to get rid of the statue now has more than 7,000 fans. A recent post on the page compares the statue to the evil “Chucky” doll from the “Child’s Play” horror movies.
The 400-pound statue now sits in Ball's birthplace of Celoron, New York, just west of Jamestown. It was created in 2009 by artist David Poulin, who declined to comment on the matter when contacted by the Hollywood Reporter.
“Celeron has been talking about chopping the head off this statue and putting on a new head. That would turn this monster into a true Frankenstein!” the moderator of the “I Love Lucy! Get Rid of the Statue” Facebook page said Sunday.
Replacing the statue would be expensive, Celeron Mayor Scott Schrecengost told the Post Journal. "Over the past couple of years, I've reached out to Dave Poulin and have had at least four conversations with him about redoing the statue. He finally came back and said he wanted $8,000 to $10,000 to do it. I've also reached out to several other sculptors in the region, and some said they would do it, but we're still looking at about $5,000.”
Fans of the Facebook page are considering launching a crowdfunding campaign to replace the statue.
“I am such a fan and I really don't know how this could have happened. When the artist finished I can't believe nobody said, 'Hold on a minute, this simply cannot be unveiled.' It truly looks nothing like her and should have never been revealed,” one user said.
Lucille Ball was the star of “I Love Lucy” and died in 1989 at age 77.