Saturday, June 18, 2005

A Bewitched statue in Salem - what show is next?

I don't live in Salem or visit very often, but I'm ready to jump into the "controversy" over a new statue of Samantha Stevens of Bewitched fame. Here's the AP's take on this really important issue:

I think it's pretty funny that folks would be upset about Salem's legacy and history being cheapened, but quick wit Scott Simon, host of NPR's "Weekend Edition" said (paraphrasing) he understands both sides of the controversy, but really doesn't think it's a good idea for a "Hogan's Heroes" statue to be erected in Berlin.

OK, Topazers and pop culture gems lurkers, which TV star/show deserves a bronzed statue and where would it be installed?

Lastly, from my daily "Howard Stern Show" intake, I've learned there is a porn star named Tabitha Stevens and I'm pretty sure it is not the original show's actress, Erin Murphy, all "grown" up. Hilarious name (little bit twisted?), but I'm guessing she would be a very controversal statue in Salem or even Las Vegas.


At 5:28 AM, Blogger KFW said...

First of all, sure you learned about Tabitha Stevens from Howard Stern. And I bet you buy Maxim for the articles!

How about a statue of Homer Simpson outside of Seabrook nuclear power plant?

How about a statue of Katie Holmes outside the headquarters of the James Beard Foundation?

At 6:18 AM, Blogger KFW said...

I actually saw this thing yesterday. Tacky, tacky, tacky. At least it is not too large.

Salem has jumped the shark. It should now be called Orlando North.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Tim Burton said...

The witch trials was a horrible time in history. By placing a statue of fictional character such as Samantha in Salem, it takes away from the history and the realness of the area. I wonder if Laurie Cabot will cast a spell over it and the people who put it there?

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Adam Zand said...

Tim Burton,
You're kidding, right? Have you been to Salem? I think the days of paying tribute to the "history and realness" of the area is done. Besides, Arthur Miller paid the best tribute to the history and he taught readers about the dangers of witch hunts in 1950s U.S.A. that is relevant today.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Tim Burton said...

I live right down the street from Salem.

At 6:06 AM, Blogger DougH said...

Anyone who thinks a Bewitched statue tarnishes the history of Salem (which is a joke, if you have ever been to Witch Museum), may get their revenge when the Bewitched movie comes out.

It could be horrible. Some early reviews were ok, but remember it was written by Nora Ephron, whose name sounds a lot like something you take for insomnia.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger The Optimist said...

Hey, how do you people know those women back in the 1600's weren't witches? Don't come crying to me when you get turned into a newt.

And I am with Adam here. Salem is making money all over the place with selling witches. At least this one is hot.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger KFW said...

Let's face it, Salem is the armpit of the North Shore, witches or not.


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