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What’s thirty feet tall, extremely flammable, and has zero Tour de France titles? This Lance Armstrong effigy (picture)

Oct 31, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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When it comes to demonstrating displeasure with specific public figures or events, few societies are as adept (or dramatic) as the British, well-known for their soccer riots and also for their fondness of effigies– which, for the unaware, are dolls and other visual representations of reviled figures made for the sole purpose of being lit aflame in a fiery public spectacle of shame.

And who deserves our shame more than Lance Armstrong, confirmed steroid user and disgraced cycling champ? Kim Kardashian? Well, yes, probably. But no, according to the town of Edenbridge (in the Southeastern English county of Kent), the answer is no-one, which is why the town has erected a 30-foot effigy of Armstrong to be burnt during their annual Bonfire Night celebrations. Read below for more details and a picture of the work-of-art itself, sure to be deemed a modern classic:

British artist Frank Shepherd of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society puts the finishing touches to a giant effigy of US cyclist Lane Armstrong in Edenbridge, Kent, southeast England, on October 31, 2012, which will be burnt over the weekend as a Guy during Bonfire Night. Stripped of his cycling medals over a doping scandal, disgraced US icon Lance Armstrong will suffer a fresh humiliation this weekend at the hands of an English town which will burn him in effigy. The 30-foot (nine-metre) steel-framed figure, dressed in a Tour De France leader’s yellow jersey, will be torched on Saturday during the annual Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night celebrations in Edenbridge.

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Not pictured: three-foot hypodermic needle. I don’t know… it’s a pretty good depiction of Lance in terms of aesthetics, but where’s the smug sense of self-satisfaction? Also, who’s Jim? Where’s his effigy? Too many questions, not enough time to light all the answers on fire, I suppose.

No word on whether or not the town is also creating a twentyfive-foot tall depiction of a smiling Sheryl Crow, but they really should.


  1. exile69 - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    To find out who ‘Jim’ is check out recent UK news on a Jimmy Savile.

  2. zacksdad - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Instead of LiveStong, he should support SteriodStrong.

  3. toosano - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    There’s a town with too much time on their hands.

  4. eugenesaxe - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I approve.

  5. manchestermiracle - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Okay, he doped, but that’s no reason to associate him with a pedophile.

  6. florida727 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Guess what Edenbridge? The cornerstone of athletic competitions in your country now has a blank entry for “champion” between 1999 and 2006. Some sporting culture you idiots have. And you acknowledge Armstrong’s greatness by burning him WEARING THE FREAKING YELLOW JERSEY, symbolic of the BEST at any given point during your race. Brilliant! You people reinvented the word “stupid”. Enjoy…

  7. ferrell5 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    to say this is childish is an understatement. get a life and move on. i didnt know that lance armstrong specifically offended so many in edenbridge