The incomparable Brandi Chastain and her likeness (?) at last night’s Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame ceremony. To me it looks like a cross between Amelia Earhart and John Elway. pic.twitter.com/YoI2udt3rB— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) May 22, 2018
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.
Only logical explanation is that someone changed "Brandi Chastain" in the work order to "Busey, Gary." https://t.co/yJx3Hmfb5Q— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 22, 2018
If you've ever wondered what Bill Belichick smiling up from a sewer grate would look like, look no further than the Hall of Fame plaque of Brandi Chastain: https://t.co/qowKsEoHEq pic.twitter.com/ofUXNvDo5a— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) May 22, 2018
I don't know about Brandi Chastain, but they nailed Mickey Rooney. pic.twitter.com/wfSb7irMbx— Jason Davis, The ??? Maker (@davisjsn) May 22, 2018
I could make a list of 50 people this plaque looks like and none of them are Brandi Chastain https://t.co/fiBp2kUj9A— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 22, 2018
What'd Brandi Chastain do to deserve this?! pic.twitter.com/WE5Xz2NZZG— Cass Anderson (@casspa) May 22, 2018
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).”
Brandi Chastain is one of the most beautiful athletes I’ve ever covered. How this became her plaque is a freaking embarrassment for BASHOF. Makes Cristiano’s look perfect. pic.twitter.com/hta6c0cmSo— Ann Killion (@annkillion) May 22, 2018
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.
This sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo is a great representation of how you look when you accidentally open the selfie camera on your phone pic.twitter.com/H8jjPeGwN3— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 29, 2017
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.
Was the "Brandi Chastain" artist and "Cristiano Ronaldo" artist one in the same? pic.twitter.com/C24Aj9RCyv— Bella Donna ?? (@DonnaMLanglais) May 22, 2018
Brandi Chastain's plaque and Ronaldo's statue are reportedly dating.— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) May 22, 2018
Congratulates to Cristiano Ronaldo and Brandi Chastain on their recent engagement pic.twitter.com/3eYZfv43wi— Troy Hughes™ (@TommySledge) May 22, 2018
Found who Bay Area Hall of Fame used to make the Brandi Chastain plaque. pic.twitter.com/QVqyeFUPBi— Kelsey Price (@KPkelsey) May 22, 2018
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.
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