The PJ Tatler

Everybody Hates Lucy

Not Lucille Ball — the horrifyingly ugly statue of her in her home town of Celoron, New York:

Lucille Ball’s hometown, just outside Jamestown in western New York, erected a life-size statue to honor the beloved actress — but now it has some explaining to do. Many locals take issue with the sculptor’s unflattering depiction of the “I Love Lucy” star.

A self-described “big fan of Lucy’s” from Jamestown thinks the statue needs to be replaced with one befitting the comedy legend. “Lucille Ball was not only an amazing comedienne, but she was a stunning beauty. Her sense of humor only made her more beautiful,” he said in an interview with Yahoo News. “This statue looks nothing like the beautiful Lucy we all know. If for no other reason than that… the statue should go.”

The Jamestown man, who wishes to remain anonymous, started a Facebook page titled We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue. “I think it looks like a monster. That is just my opinion,” he said. “When you see it at night, it is frightening.”

The thing is a shreck, no doubt about it. Most people remember Lucy from her scatterbrained redhead persona on I Love Lucy, but before that she was a wannabe showgirl on Broadway. Nils T. Granlund, the lucky guy who cast the revues for Manhattan nightclubs like the Silver Slipper, and also the chorines in the Busby Berkeley musicals in Hollywood, wrote that Lucy was one of the three most beautiful women he ever saw. She deserves better than this.