This week, it came to light that Madame Tussauds, the world famous wax museum, was displaying a very bad Beyoncé statue at its Midtown Manhattan location. Wax Beyoncé had light skin, and vague, wait-is-that-Shakira? facial features; the internet mocked and mocked, as it does, while Madame Tussauds issued a statement to SPIN claiming that “lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the colour of our wax figures.” Now, the statue has been removed from the museum, as the New York Times reports. It had been taken down as of Thursday afternoon, and the Times says a museum employee didn’t explain its removal.
We’ve reached out to Madame Tussauds for a statement.
Update (12:42 p.m.): The statue is back on, according to Madame Tussauds. “We love, respect and enjoy a working relationship with Beyoncé,” the museum said in a statement. “We have adjusted the styling and lighting of her figure and she is on display at Madame Tussauds New York.