- An effigy of Harvey Weinstein is set to burn at a bonfire in Edenbridge, England, on Saturday. Each year, the town chooses one celebrity to burn alongside an effigy of the 17th-century militant Guy Fawkes. The town’s “Bonfire Society” said Weinstein was the “obvious choice,” following the multitude of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.
A British town plans to burn a 36-foot effigy of disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein, following the multitude of sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him over the past month.
Each year, according to the Associated Press, the town of Edenbridge’s “Bonfire Society” chooses one celebrity to scorch alongside an effigy of the 17th-century militant Guy Fawkes.
Fueled by a dark, historical sarcasm, towns in Britain light bonfires and fireworks on November 5 to commemorate Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605.
On Saturday, Edenbridge will give the Fawkes treatment to Weinstein, whom the society described as an “obvious choice” to burn.
Weinstein’s caricatured effigy finds the movie mogul in a bathrobe – in line with his reported wardrobe preference for alleged sexual misconduct – with a clapperboard that reads “Final Cut” covering his genitals.
The Edenbridge society told the AP that while there is “nothing funny” about Weinstein’s allegations, the bonfire event is meant to be a light-hearted affair.