Sunday 21 January 2018

Wax museum defends new Conor McGregor statue on social media after online criticism

Conor McGregor's wax statue.
Conor McGregor's wax statue.

The National Wax Museum has defended their newest creation from social media criticism after Conor McGregor became the latest famous Irish figure to get turned into a statue.

The Notorious is busy preparing for his upcoming super-fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, so it was his father Tony who was on hand at the museum today to admire his son's likeness.

Like the man himself, the wax figure was decked out in the finest threads, with tailor Louis Copeland providing a custom-made suit for the statue.

"The suit was selected from the bespoke garments we create for Conor," Copeland said.

"It’s a navy blue three-piece suit custom created to fit the wax figure’s fighting stance."

The back of the suit also had McGregor's 'The Notorious' nickname emblazoned on it.

However, the wax figure drew a polarising reaction online, with the museum's own Twitter account sending a number of tweets defending their creation after people questioned whether it looked anything like the champion fighter.

One user even suggested that the depiction of McGregor was worse than the much-maligned statue of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled in Madeira last March.

"You're making a judgement from a photo you've seen online," the museum said in response to one critical tweet.

The museum expect the McGregor wax statue to become one of their most popular attractions.

"We are all excited to exhibit the new wax figure of Conor, particularly in light of the unprecedented level of worldwide attention being focused on his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather on Saturday 26th August," the museum’s marketing manager, Laoise Keaveney, said.

The wax museum even tweeted the man himself after the statue was unveiled, so it will be interesting to see whether Conor McGregor has any thoughts on his wax replica.

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