‘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
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‘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.

 


Avengers assemble for final battle in ‘Endgame’

Updated 24 April 2019
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Avengers assemble for final battle in ‘Endgame’

  • “Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe
  • Pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history

LOS ANGELES: After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records.
“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.
It hits theaters this week — parts of Asia and Europe get the first view of the three-hour epic on Wednesday, and it gets its wide release in the US and Canada on Friday. Pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.
That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.
After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.
“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.
The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.
“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.
“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”
In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”
“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”
They acknowledged the massive impact that the Avengers series has had on its fans, saying it was for “all of you who have been on this journey with us since the very beginning.”
Fans have been on the edge of their seats for the conclusion, and the cast has been notoriously tight-lipped during the press tour for fear of potential spoilers.
But someone couldn’t wait: on Sunday, five minutes of “Endgame” footage containing crucial plot points from the finale were anonymously posted online, prompting the Russo brothers’ letter.
The brothers concluded their message with an appeal: not to spoil the end of the movie.
“Remember,” the Russo brothers said, “Thanos still demands your silence. #DontSpoilTheEndgame.”