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The Serbian Statue Syndrome

Where: Medja, Serbia
November 12, 2007 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

Serbia really started getting in the Jaunted radar when they began to build statues in honor of Rocky Balboa and Samantha Fox (her monument was later abandoned when a Serbian audience started chanting to see her breasts during her concert). Now Serbia's obsession with statues is going even further, according to a recent NY Times report.

Apparently Tarzan--or more correctly, the actor who played Tarzan most famously, Johnny Weissmuller--was born in Medja in Serbia. And so the town of Medja is busily raising money to build a big bronze Tarzan. (Please don't tell them that Johnny Weissmuller's Wikipedia entry disputes his Serbian origin, saying it's more likely he was born in Romania).

Interestingly, it turns out there could be a serious sociological side to all Serbian statue madness. Experts say that Serbs are turning to Hollywood icons because they don't know who to honor from their own complicated history. Since they're not likely to work that out anytime soon, the crazy statues should keep coming, giving us more and more reasons to head to Serbia.

Related Stories:
· Balkans' Idolatry Delights Movie Fans and Pigeons [NY Times]
· Rocky Solution to Serbian Landslides [Jaunted]
· Move Over Rocky, Serbia's Got Another Idea [Jaunted]

[Photo of Philly's Rocky Statue: Damon Green]

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