Thursday March 30, 2017
Move over 'Scary Lucy,' there's a new weird statue in town — and its name is Ronaldo
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The public and the sculptor agree: it's a bust. It's just that they disagree on what they mean by that word.
A bronze statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled this week in the soccer superstar's hometown of Madeira, Portugal, at an airport that has been renamed in his honour.
But instead of capturing Ronaldo's je ne sais quoi, artist Emanuel Santos has created an I-don't-know-what.
Where Ronaldo has a strong jaw, piercing, wide-set eyes and confident grin, Mr. Santos's bust has a pointy chin, eyes so close they almost touch, and a weird, lopsided smirk.
The end result is not the face of a soccer legend so much as the face of someone who just asked you to pull his finger.
The good people of the internet took notice, and the bust has become a viral meme. People have compared it to the bust from the British TV show Art Attack, the robot cabbie from Total Recall and the Sloth from Goonies.
The Cristiano Ronaldo bust at the airport carrying his name. This is Art Attack... pic.twitter.com/tTVmQBMgms— @SimonPeach
That Ronaldo bust looks mair like Johnny Cab fi Total Recall pic.twitter.com/DtCPSsZcFm— @bigbaz74
Is that a statue of Ronaldo or Sloth? Lmao pic.twitter.com/x1vs0K3Qm5— @Luke_Monica
I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— @keewa
That new Ronaldo statue is amazing. Incredible likeness. pic.twitter.com/lXLPsfQnvH— @johnsportraits
Of course, it's not the first statue to to become an internet sensation.
In 2015, a life-sized statue of I Love Lucy actress Lucille Ball was revealed in Celoron, N.Y., but — much to the amusement of the internet, and the chagrin of local residents — it looked more like actor Steve Buscemi.
"All of a sudden over the last month or so, [the statue] became this controversial and somewhat disrespectful representation of who Lucille Ball really was," Tom Benson, chairman of the National Comedy Center, which adopted "Scary Lucy," told As It Happens at the time.
- AS IT HAPPENS: Real-life 'Scary Lucy' statue haunts western N.Y. mall
But Ronaldo sculptor Emanuel Santos has vehement defended his artistry, and used some lofty comparisons to do it.
He told the Guardian: "It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone."