Lucille Ball fans in Celoron, N.Y., which is just outside of Jamestown, aren’t feeling much “love” for a statue of the comedienne in her hometown.
The bronze sculpture looks so unlike the I Love Lucy creator (we’re thinking it’s something about the teeth… and the eyes… and the face) that Lucy Lovers actually think it does her a disservice. An especially vocal fan, who, according to Yahoo, wishes to remain anonymous, started a Facebook group to advocate for the statue’s removal. “The people of Celoron have erected this horrible statue of Lucy in her hometown,” the Facebook page reads. “It is a nightmare. We want them to replace it.”
The mayor of Jamestown, which is home to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy, told the Jamestown Post-Journal that it would cost the city between $8,000 and $10,000 to have Poulin re-cast the statue, and the city refuses to use tax dollars to do so.
“We’d like to work with the original sculptor,” Mayor Scott Schrecengost said, “and wish he would stand behind his work enough to step up and fix it for free.”