Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned wax museum that started in London, is jam-packed with fanciful and hyper-realistic incarnations of celebrities. Oftentimes, the resemblance is uncanny.
Check out this side-by-side of Olympic medalist Usain Bolt:
Or this indistinguishable pair of Kendall Jenners:
But one of the museum’s most recent creations has Twitter in a tizzy.
On July 12, the New York branch of the popular tourist destination revealed to the world its long-anticipated Beyoncé figure — and fans were anything but “Crazy In Love.”
Members of the Beyhive — Beyoncé’s furiously loyal fan base — couldn’t believe their eyes in what they called a completely unrecognizable rendition of the reigning queen of pop music. Some choice criticisms of the interpretation called the figure “the poor man’s Mariah Carey with some Lindsay Lohan mixed in” and “disrespectful.”
— Elizabeth Kiefer (@lizabeth_kiefer) July 19, 2017
I think this is the most disgusting, disrespectful wax figure of Beyoncé ever. Cancel tf out of this. https://t.co/Z4oE3jXkjh
— iCANDY (@c2much_) July 19, 2017
I thought this was Lindsay Lohan at first glance.
— Janan (@jananamirah) July 18, 2017
Many believed that the creators barely put in effort:
Theory: Beyoncé wax figure makers have never seen Beyoncé pic.twitter.com/bZ2PWCUzUs
— Michelle Lee (@heymichellelee) July 19, 2017
Us: Where's the Beyoncé wax figure?
Madame Tussaud's: pic.twitter.com/68CqmIEZcg
— Nation State of Mind (@OmowaleAfrika) July 19, 2017
Me still looking for the real Beyonce wax figure cause this ain't it. pic.twitter.com/1jrseGp81A
— nicki ? (@nickiknowsnada) July 19, 2017
The biggest offense? According to supporters, it’s Beyoncé’s skin. Several fans have accused the wax makers of “white-washing” the award-winning artist, lightening her skin and altering her features to make her appear more “white:”
it's a good thing you're not talking about *Beyoncé. cause this white woman is definitely not her. https://t.co/grl27L9XNM
— nañi (@pettyblackgirI) July 19, 2017
Beyond the skin tone – that's not her face. Where's her hips? What's happening here?
— Queen Quay (@quaymorris) July 19, 2017
What happened to @MadameTussauds the artistry use to be uncannily eerie. This is a miss.
— JustAnotherResister (@mhmhart) July 19, 2017
Lips, skin tone , features …EVERYTHING
— ? (@goddyahgallis) July 19, 2017
Madame Tussauds responded to TMZ about the backlash, blaming “lighting within the attraction” combined with camera flash for the figure’s skin tone:
“Our talented team of sculptors takes every effort to ensure we accurately colour match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted. Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the colour of our wax figures.”
Not the “flawless” rendition Madame Tussauds was surely aiming for.