The residents of Celeron are not happy with the scary statue of Lucille Ball in the centre of their town.
Residents of Lucille Ball's hometown are hoping to have a statue of the late actress replaced with something a little less terrifying. A Facebook page has emerged calling for residents of Celeron, New York to petition the local authorities, via the local paper, for the removal of the statue.
"Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown NY. She was raised and grew up in a town about a mile from Jamestown named Celoron," the Facebook group reads. "The people of Celoron have erected this horrible statue of Lucy in her hometown. It is a nightmare. We want them to replace it. Write to the Jamestown Post-Journal to let them know you are unhappy with this horrible tribute to our beloved Lucy."
Ball was born in 1911 and became hugely popular in the 1950s, starring in the television show I Love Lucy. She continued to be widely respected and appreciated, even becoming the first female head of a television studio. She died in 1989, at the age of 77, and has continued to be honoured in various forms. A theatre in Jamestown bears her name and an honorific statue was erected in 2009. It's this statue that the locals have such a problem with and it's not hard to see why.
The life-size bronze statue was cast by artist Dave Poulin and, whilst the resident heading up the unhappy group has no issue with Poulin's other work, he believes the statue is not an accurate representation of Ball.
"Please remember: The artist has done other works which are quite good! Let's not disparage his entire body of work. I don't know what happened with this piece that went so wrong," the Facebook group founder wrote.
The founder further explained his reasoning behind setting up the Facebook group in a recent interview, stating: "Lucille Ball was not only an amazing comedienne, but she was a stunning beauty. Her sense of humour only made her more beautiful. This statue looks nothing like the beautiful Lucy we all know. If for no other reason than that, the statue should go."
Some have suggested the statue can be altered by the artist but the founder, who wished to remain anonymous whilst speaking to Yahoo, claimed such a course of action simply isn't feasible.
"I don't think this can be repaired," the founder said. "Take a look at the beautiful statues Nick at Nite created for Bewitched and The Honeymooners and Bob Newhart, it needs to be something more like those."