Twitter Likens Brandi Chastain’s Hall Of Fame Plaque To Old White Men

Even Brandi Chastain acknowledged the plaque’s shortcomings during the reception. “It’s not the most flattering,” she said. “But it’s nice.”

Legendary soccer star Brandi Chastain received a bronze plaque in honor of her induction into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame this week. The problem is, no one knows whose face is on it.

The image on the plaque was supposed to be made in Chastain’s likeness, but the artist failed miserably

Not only does the plaque look nothing like Chastain, but it doesn’t even look like the face of a woman.

Some people have determined it looks more like actor Gary Busey. Others have mentioned Louie Anderson, John Goodman, Bill Belichick, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Rooney, all of whom are either old or deceased white men. 

Even Chastain acknowledged the image's shortcomings during the reception.

“It’s not the most flattering,” she said. “But it’s nice.”

Ann Killion — the San Francisco Chronicle columnist who penned Chastain’s bio featured on the plaque — was much harsher in her criticism of the disturbing image.

“Brandi Chastain is one of the most beautiful athletes I’ve ever covered,” Killion tweeted. “How this became her plaque is a freaking embarrassment for BASHOF (Bay Area Sports Hall Of Fame).”

According to Yahoo News, the Hall of Fame has agreed to remake the plaque; hopefully they get it right the next time around.

It should be noted, though, that the poorly done plaque may just be a symbol of success considering a sculpture of male soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled last year garnered similar reactions.

In fact, some people even questioned whether the same artist is responsible for both works. There were also no shortage of jokes that made comparisons between the two sculptures, linking them together as a fictitious couple. 

These repeated offenses seem to indicate that, perhaps, you haven’t really achieved greatness if no one has completely butchered a bronze replica of your face.  

Banner/Thumbnail Photo Credit: Flickr, Jeff Kern

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