2004-12-13

More Than One Star Shining in Bethlehem


Waxwork models of, from left to right: Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Grant and Graham Norton dressed as shepherds, David and Victoria Beckham as Joseph and Mary, British Prime Minister Tony Blair , The Duke of Edinburgh and US President George Bush as the Three Wise Men and Kylie Minogue as the Angel, top, are displayed as part of the Madame Tussaud's Celebrity Nativity scene at the tourist attraction in London, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004.
UPDATE: Becks nativity smashed to pieces!!!
By Chris Millar And Bo Wilson, Evening Standard
13 December 2004 The controversial waxwork Nativity scene depicting David and Victoria Beckham as Joseph and Mary has been wrecked in an attack.

Wax models of the stars, worth £50,000 each, suffered "extensive damage" when a young man attacked the display at Madame Tussauds. The exhibit, which caused uproar after church leaders called it blasphemous, has now been removed only days after it was unveiled.

The attacker waited until other visitors had left the area and charged at the figures, kicking and punching them in a frenzied attack. The face on the Victoria model was damaged most but her husband's was also severely crushed before the man fled into the street.

The other seven waxworks in the display, which include Hugh Grant, Samuel L Jackson and Graham Norton as shepherds and Kylie Minogue as an angel on all fours, were not damaged.

The scene, which also featured Tony Blair, the Duke of Edinburgh and President George Bush as the three wise men, was condemned by church leaders when unveiled last Thursday.

The Beckhams were also said to be furious and said they had not given permission for their waxworks to be used in such a way.

It is now thought the Nativity scene will be replaced by another display featuring the England football captain and his wife.

The attack has some similarities to the decapitation of a statue of Baroness Thatcher in 2002.

Thanks to the apparently bored Dianne for this bit 'o fun.

9 comments:

Jim Winter said...

Why do I find the idea of Graham Norton as a shepherd massively unsettling?

Jennifer Jordan said...

Because you want him soooo badly and you know you'll never get him.

Ray said...

Blair, Phillip and Bush as the three wise men?

Who said Tussauds don't have a sense of humour?

Anonymous said...

All that's missing is Emanuel Lewis as the baby Jesus. Or maybe that little guy from Austin Powers.

Jennifer Jordan said...

And Jerrry mathers... as the Beaver!

Anonymous said...

The Vatican has asked them to remove this display and they were turned down. One priest was alomost in tears over what he called a mokary of the blessed event. I personaly like Kylie M as the angel because she has slept with alomst every rock star out there. And yes I was bored

Anonymous said...

It is being repaired and put back on display

Ray said...

My favourite quote about this? "It's offensive to Christianity." And decapitation is just fine, innit? And really, they should re-inforce the heads or something. Otherwise I'm going after Cilla Black with a crowbar.

Jennifer Jordan said...

Dear Ray,

I would pay good money to see that.

Love and kisses,
Jen