Wax mu­seum rev­els in crit­ics’ ridicule

The Day - - DAILY BRIEFING - By COLLIN BINKLEY

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.

STEPHAN SAVOIA/AP PHOTO

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.

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