Ben Stiller Says Robin Williams' Statue Should Replace Theodore Roosevelt's: "He Deserves One"

Ben Stiller Says Robin Williams' Statue Should Replace Theodore Roosevelt's: "He Deserves One"

Robin Williams portrayed the role of Theodore Roosevelt in the 2006 movie 'Night At The Museum' starring Ben Stiller.

Image Source: IMDb/Night At The Museum(2006)

New York City’s American Museum of Natural History made the decision to remove the statue of former president Theodore Roosevelt from the entrance as The memorial has long prompted objections as a symbol of colonialism, according to a Tweet by The New York Times. Actor Ben Stiller suggested that the 14-foot statue be replaced with a statue of the late comic actor, Robin Williams. He commented: How about replacing it with a statue of Robin Williams. He deserves one. Roosevelt's statue shows the former President on a horse's back, flanked by a Native American man and an African man.


Stiller was the lead in the 2006  fantasy-comedy film 'Night at the Museum', directed by Shawn Levy, where he played the night watchman at the very same museum. In the movie, Robin Williams incidentally played the role of Teddy Roosevelt, who helps Stiller's character understand the secret behind the exhibits coming to life. There were two sequels to the movie as well, - 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian' in 2009, and 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' in 2014. Roosevelt's statue has been at the entrance of the museum for over 80 years. The decision was proposed by the museum and agreed by the NYC, which owns the building as well as the property on which it has been built.


This decision in the midst of nationwide protests against racism, following the death of African-American man George Floyd, after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. “Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd,” the museum’s president, Ellen V. Futter, said in an interview, according to The New York Times. “We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism.”


Futter added that the decision was based on the statue itself — namely its “hierarchical composition”—- and not on Roosevelt, whom the museum continues to honor as “a pioneering conservationist.” “Simply put,” she added, “the time has come to move it.” As for the decision, “The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “The City supports the Museum’s request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”


A Roosevelt family member released a statement approving the removal. “The world does not need statues, relics of another age, that reflect neither the values of the person they intend to honor nor the values of equality and justice,” said Theodore Roosevelt IV, age 77, the great-grandson of the 26th president and a museum trustee. “The composition of the Equestrian Statue does not reflect Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy. It is time to move the statue and move forward.” However, the only one who seemed to have a problem with this unanimous decision as. as expected, President Donald Trump, who tweeted: Ridiculous, don't do it.


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