The Edenbridge Bonfire Society, which chooses a reviled public figure to be its effigy every year, has selected Weinstein for the 2017 festivities.
A huge effigy of the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein is to be burned at a Bonfire Night celebration in Kent this coming weekend.
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society, which grabs headlines every year for its choice of effigies reflecting disgraced celebs, controversial politicians or other hated public figures, announced on Wednesday (November 1st) that Weinstein was the “obvious” choice for the 2017 celebrations. Previous annual events have included columnist Katie Hopkins, former British prime minister Tony Blair, and last year, Donald Trump (obviously).
The Press Association reported that Weinstein, 65, was picked by the society’s committee to be this year’s public figurine after he was accused of a large (and rising) number of sexual assaults by female employees and movie stars over the last month.
An 11m effigy of Harvey Weinstein was unveiled today, and will go up in flames on 4th Nov at the Edenbridge annual bonfire celebrations ?? pic.twitter.com/JKLJbspCjR— Edenbridge Bonfire?? (@edenbonfire) November 1, 2017
The society took to Twitter the same day to show a picture of the 36-foot effigy, depicted holding a Hollywood star, a clapperboard with the words “final cut” on it, and standing on the base of an Oscar award inscribed with “H Weinstein”.
A spokeswoman for the Edenbridge Bonfire Society said: “As with last year there were many strong contenders for this year’s celebrity Guy, particularly in the political and cultural world. While the burning of the Guys is aimed as a light-hearted way to mark the traditional bonfire celebrations in the United Kingdom, there is of course nothing funny about the allegations.”
The huge Weinstein replica will go up in flames alongside a traditional figurine of Guy Fawkes, with the display expected to attract more than 10,000 members of the public.
Organised by a team of volunteers, the evening begins at 6.30pm on Saturday November 4th with a torch-lit carnival procession through Edenbridge high street.
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