The residents of Celoron, New York, can sleep easier knowing their chances of being murdered by a freakishly terrifying Lucille Ball statue have decreased by about 27%. A new "friendlier" Lucille Ball statue has been resurrected in place of the old one, which looked less like the late I Love Lucy actress and more like an evil demon who would devour your soul. Oops!
Not only did the original statue look nothing like Ball, but its "terrifying" demeanor made it a social media sensation. Locals even started a Facebook group calling the statue a "nightmare" and asking for its removal.
The new bronze statue was unveiled Saturday in the late comedian's hometown by Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost and sculptor Carolyn Palmer, as hundreds of onlookers chanted "Lucy! Lucy!" and sang the I Love Lucy theme song.
I think we can all agree that the new Lucy looks about 27% less likely to eat your soul.
“Well, it’s been quite a ride,” said Mayor Schrecengost at the ceremony. “A little over a year ago, we got beat up pretty good.”
I'm not sure if he's referring to the social media backlash, or if residents of the town were beat up by the original statue. Either way, here's hoping residents can finally relax knowing they, and their souls, are safe(r).