Michael Jackson Statue Unveiled At Fulham Football Ground – Totally Off The WallApril 4, 2011
We love our eccentrics here in Blighty – and they don’t even have to be British born. Enter Mr Mohamed Al Fayed, the flamboyant former owner of Harrods. He seems to like creating monuments to the fallen. A statue was commissioned in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales and his son Dodi Fayed, who were famously killed after their car crashed into a Paris tunnel in the summer of 1997. This statue was unveiled on the ground floor of Harrods in 2005. Let’s just say, it’s interesting. Have a look for yourself so you can make up your own mind.
He recently had a statue made of his friend Michael Jackson, who died in 2009. This was going to be in Harrods, possibly to compliment the Diana and Dodi statue already in place, but as he no longer owns Harrods, having sold it to the Qatari royal family, the statue had to go somewhere. So he decided to place it at the Fulham football ground because: 1. He owns it, and 2. Michael Jackson and Fulham FC have a very tenuous link; he attended a match – once. When it was unveiled on Sunday, the response was mixed to say the least.
Mr Al Fayed, on hearing some unfavourable comments, said, in his usual measured manner, something along the lines of this: “If these stupid fans don’t like it, they can go to hell, or they can go to Chelsea.” Apparently, some Michael Jackson fans don’t like it either. Maybe stupid Michael Jackson fans can go to hell too? Or to Justin Bieber?
I found myself wondering if the sculptor was the same person who created the Diana and Dodi statue. I mean, what photographs did this person base the statue on? It doesn’t even look like him. Mind you, he hadn’t looked like himself for quite some time…