You’ll never take our freedom. Oh, go on then.

November 4, 2009

This seemed to me the ultimate irony involving a statue.
The image below is in homage to the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace.

You'll never...oh, bugger

Unfortunately this statue was commissioned after the film ‘Braveheart’ had trampled all over historical fact to create a vehicle for Mel Gibson. Which is why a 13th century Scottish freedom fighter looks a heck of a lot like Mel Gibson.
What I find even more amusing is the fact that this statue of a historical figure who is most renowned for his statement ‘You can take our lives, but you’ll never take our freedom.’ appears to be caged. Hence his freedom is perpetually taken. Apparently the cage was erected to protect the statue after someone took a hammer to its head. You can read the whole story on Wikipedia here.

However the statue has now been removed to make way for a new restaurant and visitor centre. I guess that’s progress for you.
I remember Frankie Boyle (another Scottish legend) saying that when it was announced that Mel Gibson (an Australian/American) was playing the Scottish hero that no one would believe Gibson’s portrayal. And, as Frankie says, now look at Mel Gibson – an alcoholic racist. Almost the stereotypical Scotsman. Seems like he might fit in, after all.

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