Even though other controversial figures like Putin and Kim Jong Un were placed next to the Trump statue, the latter was still the one who bore the brunt of people's punches.
Ever since Donald Trump became the President of the United States in 2016, he has been embroiled in one controversy after the other. Even his exit from the White House was as eventful and meme-feeding as possible. However, just because he's not the POTUS anymore doesn't mean he's stopped making it to rather weird headlines.
According to People, a wax figure made in his likeness had been placed in San Antonio's Louis Tussaud's Waxwork, but it had to be removed after people kept punching it in the face. The museum owner and Ripley Entertainment's spokesperson, Suzanne Smagala-Potts, said to the news outlet that the statue had been transferred to an undisclosed location where it could be fixed.
According to the New York Times, the statue of Trump has been repeatedly punched and scratched that it a repair spanning weeks has been scheduled for it. It was noted that people assaulted the statue more often after this year's presidential elections. And despite having it moved to the lobby where the staff could keep a watch over it, the scratches and blows continued.
“We’ve always had trouble with the presidential section because no matter what president it was — Bush, Obama or Trump — they’ve all had people beat them,” Clay Stewart, regional manager for Ripley Entertainment, told San Antonio Express-News.
Potts also explained that the company "has a long history of creating wax figures of the US President to display at our Louis Tussaud's Waxworks and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. Our wax figures will need repairing from time to time, ranging from Hollywood celebrities to political figures. Ripley's only showcases the highest quality of exhibits and wax figures. When a wax figure has been damaged, we will remove the figure from public display and send it to our talented team of artists for repair."
She continued to understate the damage the statue of Trump had received, claiming that since Ripley's wax museums are "interactive," all figures needed repair every now and then. "We like to be an interactive museum where people can come, and pose and take selfies," she said. "A lot of times, a figure will need repair and it's not even intentional — people just want to touch the face of Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga or put their arm around it, and maybe they knock it down by accident."
Smagala-Potts added that Trump is not the only controversial figure to grace their halls and that the company doesn't entertain political bias. However, visitors are allowed to pose with them in whichever way they want. "Either way, we only want to showcase the highest quality, so if there's damage, we send it back to our team of artists for touch-ups or repairs," she said. When asked if the numerous punches the Trump figure sustained led to it needing repairs she said, "Have some people done that? Yes. But it's also been damaged accidentally, as well."
As of now, there is no clear time frame as to when faux-Trump will be in the spotlight again or whether it will even remain at the Texas showroom. Given that the San Antonio gallery does not have a fixed presidential section, the Trump figure "may be sent back, or he may not," depending on whatever the team decides to do. At the moment, a wax statue of current President Joe Biden is being prepared and will find its spot at the museum.
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