Clint Howard

Statue of Lucille Ball terrorizes small town

I Love Lucy served as a cautionary tale of humanity’s capacity for sin—the pride, the avarice, and the envy that could cause an ordinary housewife to chase a showbiz career at the expense of her marriage, with the denial of those selfish dreams transforming her into a wrathful, wailing banshee. It’s a vision of a waking hell that still haunts generations of people, and particularly those who live in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Celoron, New York, where an artist has captured it all in one horrifying statue. And it’s a nightmare from which they’re now begging to be freed.

As reported by Yahoo News, local residents have gathered around a Facebook page called “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of This Statue” to complain about the work from artist Dave Poulin, who sculpted Ball in a scene from the classic “Vitameatavegamin” bit. That episode found Lucy drunk on her own power—and drunk on health tonic—in a way that Poulin has expertly depicted here, with Lucy’s eyes deranged and wild with rapacity, her teeth bared like she would consume your very soul for a spoonful of fame. She also sort of looks like Clint Howard, the most envious of Howard brothers.

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