The wax figure in question hails from the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and it has been on display since at least the summer of 2022. However, it was only recently that it caught the attention of social media users, who did not hesitate to express their candid opinions.
While the wax model deserves some recognition for its attempt to replicate Lil Wayne’s distinctive body art, the overall portrayal of the rapper, particularly his face and stature, has faced considerable scrutiny and backlash.
One Twitter user offered a humorous but scathing critique, stating, “That don’t even look like him. That’s an old model of someone else. They just threw tattoos on it and a Tyler Perry wig & called it a day.”
Another social media commentator playfully likened the wax figure to “a New Orleans Chucky doll all inked up in that wax work.” The playful comparison highlights the stark differences between the wax figure and the real Lil Wayne.
A different Twitter user humorously suggested that the wax figure resembled what might happen if musician Tory Lanez attempted a subpar Lil Wayne costume for Halloween.
Yet another user quipped, “Cause why they got WEEZY looking like a lolipop [sic] that’s been licked, dropped, and kicked across a shag carpet!” The imagery created by this comment adds to the growing sentiment that the wax figure missed the mark.
Social media was flooded with confused images of Lil Wayne, accompanied by captions suggesting his hypothetical reaction to the wax figure. However, there has been no confirmation that Lil Wayne himself has seen or commented on this rather unconventional portrayal of his likeness.
Interestingly, another wax sculpture from the world of entertainment recently caught the public’s attention, this time featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The figure, housed in the Grevin Museum in Paris, generated significant discussion due to its portrayal of the former wrestler and Hollywood star.
While there is some resemblance between the wax figure and Dwayne Johnson, notably in terms of physical build, the most striking difference lies in the skin tone. Dwayne Johnson’s heritage is a blend of Samoan, from his mother, and Black, from his father, Nova Scotian wrestler Rocky Johnson. The wax figure appeared considerably lighter in skin tone, prompting a response from the actor himself.
Dwayne Johnson addressed the issue by sharing a video of James Andre Jefferson Jr. humorously critiquing the wax figure. In his caption, Johnson stated, “For the record, I’m going to have my team reach out to our friends at Grevin Museum in Paris France so we can work at ‘updating’ my wax figure here with some important details and improvements — starting with my skin color.”
The wax figures of both Lil Wayne and Dwayne Johnson have provided ample material for humor and commentary on social media. While the artists themselves have not shied away from engaging with these discussions, it’s clear that the world of wax figure replication can be a challenging endeavor, particularly when striving to capture the essence of iconic individuals.