Edenbridge Bonfire Society has been poking fun at infamous celebrities for over 20 years. Following the 2016 effigy of Donald Trump, this year the Kent based town announces Harvey Weinstein as its celebrity effigy for 2017, as a result of the recent allegations regarding the Hollywood producer’s sexual conduct.
An 11 metre effigy of Weinstein was unveiled today, and will go up in flames at the Kent town’s annual bonfire celebrations – which raises money for local charities – on Saturday 4th November alongside an effigy of Guy Fawkes.
A spokesperson for Edenbridge Bonfire Society commented: “As with last year there were many strong contenders for this year’s celebrity guy, particularly in the political and cultural world. However, Weinstein was the obvious option due to allegations of outrageous and despicable conduct, which we at Edenbridge Bonfire Society obviously found completely abhorrent.
“While the burning of the guys is aimed as a light-hearted way to mark the traditional bonfire night celebrations in the UK, there is of course nothing funny about Weinstein’s behaviour, so it seemed only fair that he gets his comeuppance in effigy form.”
Past targets for Edenbridge Bonfire Society’s celebrity guy have been a real mixture of public figures, including Katie Hopkins, Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross, both of the Blairs, Katie Price, Wayne Rooney, Lance Armstrong, Gordon Brown, John Prescott, Anne Robinson, and even Saddam Hussein.
The annual bonfire celebration raises thousands of pounds for local charities.