LBS- The men who did the casting work for the original Joe Paterno statue are making two new ones in a secret location.
Yesid Gomez and Wilfer Buitrago said Sunday they are hard at work in a secret location creating two new statues without school or family approval. One, they said, would be donated to the Paterno family, while the other would be displayed at various locations to support Penn State. The new model features Paterno holding up a fist in defiance.
“Penn State should have given us the courtesy of contacting us when they removed the statue and letting us know where it is,” Gomez told Rob Tornoe of Philly.com. “Instead, they are not responding to us, so we decided to bring the statue back again.”
The two men are financing the $100,000 project themselves.
“At this point, we don’t have a sponsor,” said Gomez. “We’re not worried about money, we’re worried about making a statement.”
I think we have reached the breaking point. I think -against all odds- I am actually starting to come around on Penn State truthers. Now, don't get me wrong. I would never, in a million years, say that I agree with them. I certainly don't respect them as people, and I think society would be much better off if we built some Donald Trump-esque walls around the entirety of Western Pennsylvania. Make no mistake, their connection to reality is still about as loose as Joe Paterno's code of ethics. With that said, I kinda have no choice but to appreciate how much a statue of their long time football coach means to them. I have never cared about anything enough to try to track it down after it was taken from me. My bike got stolen nearly 6 months ago, and it took me all of two minutes to say "fuck it" and hop in my car instead. I still haven't replaced that bike. You know why? Because the chances are that it would just get taken again down the line. So as much as I liked casually wheeling down the road to the taco shop without burning any gas, that $200 bike became a loss above replacement.
Meanwhile there are two Penn State fans that are so dedicated to their cause that they are shelling out SIX FIGURES to not only recreate the statue of their morally reprehensible coach that enabled a long standing ring of pedophilia, but to double it's production. Their deceased dictator may have been inherently shameful, but they are going to go broke fighting for his legacy. I can tip my cap to that type of perseverance. You know how quickly these new statues are going to get defaced? Hell, I might take the trip over there to meet them the next time I got a real toilet clogger on deck. That, however, is not the point. The point is that these people stand for something, and that means they won't fall for anything (other than the myth that Joe Paterno was a good person). If pissing away 100K is what it takes to support something you genuinely believe in then I am the one that needs to brace for my fall. Not the people staking their entire reputation (and a good chunk of their bank account) to the memory of a person that jeopardized the physical and mental health of a classroom's worth of children.