Wax museum revels in critics’ ridicule
Boston — A good roasting hasn’t caused a meltdown at Boston’s new wax museum.
Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they’re embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses.
“It’s absolutely been a blessing to have all of that controversy,” said Michael Pelletz, the museum’s vice president of sales. “Even if it’s negative press, it’s working wonderfully.”
Photos of the museum’s life-sized wax figures have been circulating online since it opened its doors in July, in some cases inspiring scorching ridicule.
It started with a wax portrayal of President Donald Trump that some say looks more like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Then it was a statue of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that some called “creepy,” with one online critic saying it looks like someone who “would murder you and hide the body.”
Now it’s a figure of former Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, which one sports-news website simply said “looks like someone who’s not Paul Pierce.”
Pelletz says some of the figures aren’t perfect because they’re based on photos instead of actual measurements from the celebrities. And if the sculptors aren’t keenly familiar with every contour of Brady’s face, he said they can be forgiven — most are based overseas, in London and Paris.
A wax figure of Diana, Princess of Wales, is displayed at the Dreamland Wax Museum on Monday in Boston. Critics say some of the statues at the museum missed the mark.