Statue of Michael Jackson still in a shed: no new place found yet
The world-famous Michael Jackson statue of the McDonald's in Best is still in a warehouse. A new place for the ten meter high statue has not yet been found after almost two years. Nor has it been donated to a fan club. The statue was removed in April 2019 because the 'King of Pop' was discredited by the documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.
Owner Peter van Gelder of the restaurant in Best had the statue placed at his restaurant in 1996. After the documentary, there was a worldwide uproar around the singer. Two American men claim in that documentary that they were abused by Michael Jackson as children. That's why, according to the chain, it no longer matched a family restaurant. Without an announcement, McDonald's removed the image early.
The iconic statue is still in the hands of Van Gelder. "He has already explored places and is also exploring different places." That's all fast food chain spokesman Eunice Koekkoek wants to say about it. "It must be a beautiful place, which also does justice to the image. These are long-term journeys."
"Fans don't have to worry: the picture is still whole."
It was previously promised that the statue would be donated to a Dutch Michael Jackson foundation, but that did not happen. "Maybe we should have been clearer about that," Koekkoek continued. "The idea is that it will be in a public place, so that it is accessible to fans. That way it becomes a gift for all fans."
All this time there has been a mystery surrounding the statue. Due to the sensitivity surrounding the legendary singer, hardly any announcements are made about it. We are also not allowed to speak to the restaurateur of the fast food chain on this subject. "The statue is still in the Netherlands," Koekkoek admits. 'Fans don't have to worry either: it's still very much.'