‘It looks like Art Garfunkel’: Mohamed Salah sculpture mocked on social media

A sculpture of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah unveiled in his home country has been mocked and ridiculed on social media. (Screenshot)
Updated 05 November 2018

‘It looks like Art Garfunkel’: Mohamed Salah sculpture mocked on social media

  • The piece was on display at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh
  • Users offered up names of people the statue more closely resembled

LONDON: A sculpture of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah unveiled in his home country has been mocked and ridiculed on social media, with users offering names of people the statue more closely resembled.

The piece was on display at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh on Sunday and depicts the Liverpool striker pulling off his trademark celebration — arms spread out wide at his sides.

But the likeness was lost on most social media users, with many drawing comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled at Madeira Airport last year.

Twitter users offered up a number of names that the sculpture resembled closer, from 1970s singers Leo Sayer or Art Garfunkel, to the character Marv from the movie Home Alone.


Sculptor Mai Abdullah, who produced the work, said she was “inspired to make the statue by Salah’s gesture of opening his arms to the fans” after scoring goals, which he did with ease last season as he fired Liverpool to a top-four finish in the Premier League.

“I found it to be distinguished and executable,” she told the Egypt Independent.

"The negative comments will not frustrate or have an effect on me, but I do hope that people would learn the art of police and respectful criticism," Abdullah wrote in response to a wave of ridicule on social media networks.

Salah has not publicly commented on the statue.

Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos, who sculpted the Ronaldo bust, said he had been sad about the online criticism of his effort after its unveiling. He was later given a second chance at it by website The Bleacher Report.

It was not clear if Mai Abdullah would be doing similar and making a different version of the Salah sculpture.

 


Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

Updated 19 August 2019

Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

  • Then Russian Navy Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko wrote the letter when he was a 36-year-old aboard the Sulak
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.
Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television station KTUU reported.
“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”
Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.
Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.
He was skeptical he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.
“There — exactly!” he exclaimed.
The message was sent while the then 36-year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian television reporter told him the Sulak was sold for scrap in the 1990s.
Botsanenko also showed the reporter some souvenirs from his time on the ship, including the autograph of the wife of a famous Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his wife’s protests.
Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was first reported by Nome radio station KNOM.