There's a ginormous Jeff Goldblum statue in London. It's as gloriously weird as it sounds.

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London has a lot of great sight-seeing sites: Big Ben, the River Thames, Buckingham Palace, and ... Jeff Goldblum?

Yep, that's right. On Wednesday, July 18, Twitter users reported seeing a 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum in front of Tower Bridge in London. The effigy features the "Jurassic Park" actor half-naked and lying down. It's also quite detailed.

The Goldblum statue has already attracted the attention of a lot of locals and visitors.


While most are taking selfies, some are bringing their lawn chairs over and are taking a longer look at the masterpiece.

Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images.

If it isn't clear already, the huge statue is a publicity stunt done by a United Kingdom based television company.

NowTV erected the statue to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Jurassic Park." The company confirmed it on Twitter.

According to NowTV, the statue weighs about 330 pounds — or the alternative measurement of 48,000 tea bags.

The statue replicates a scene in the first "Jurassic Park" movie where a sweaty Ian Malcom (Goldblum's character) leans on his side with a broken leg after having run away from a dinosaur.

Goldblum has certainly become a cult favorite over the years.

He has been the subject of numerous memes and a two-month film festival, and people are even having his face tattooed on themselves. The actor is considered to be "effortlessly stylish, totally eccentric, and disarmingly charming." And it's no secret that quite a lot of fans find Goldblum rather sexy.

While a giant Goldblum statue is a bit absurd, there are a few good reasons to justify its presence.

Goldblum isn't afraid to get political. In November 2015, in true Goldblum fashion, he participated in a Funny or Die video mocking corporate opposition to then-President Barack Obama's climate change policies. In the video, Goldblum calls the corporate executive characters "selfish reptilians" while defending the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon limits for power plants.

"The fact that you’re objecting to these very simple and reasonable asks feels to me like you might be some of the worst, most execrable, selfish, reptilian nincompoops with whom I’ve ever had the distinct displeasure of working," the actor said.

One thing that makes Goldblum is so special is that he's able to find positivity in a world that sometimes feels downright chaotic.

In an interview with "The Late Show's" Stephen Colbert, Goldblum offered some advice on how to stay optimistic the night after Donald Trump's presidential win.

"Being inspired, encouraged, brave, bold, and active into the progress of your own future — and everyone’s future — depends on you," Goldblum said. "That’s in your circle of influence and I won’t be uninspired by this. I’m not going to say ‘If I lose, the whole thing has been a waste of time.’ That’s stupid, in my opinion."

Now that Goldblum statue seems to make a bit more sense.

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Disney has come under fire for problematic portrayals of non-white and non-western cultures in many of its older movies. They aren't the only one, of course, but since their movies are an iconic part of most American kids' childhoods, Disney's messaging holds a lot of power.

Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

According to NOW Toronto, the producers of Frozen II have entered into a contract with the Sámi people—the Indigenous people of the Scandinavian regions—to ensure that they portray the culture with respect.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

Frozen II features Indigenous culture much more directly, and even addressed the issue of Indigenous erasure. Filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, along with producer Peter Del Vecho, consulted with experts on how to do that respectfully—the experts, of course, being the Sámi people themselves.

Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

The Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the non-governmental Saami Council reached out to the filmmakers when they found out their culture would be highlighted in the film. They formed a Sámi expert advisory group, called Verddet, to assist filmmakers in with how to accurately and respectfully portray Sámi culture, history, and society.

In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

"Disney's team really wanted to make it right," said Utsi. "They didn't want to make any mistakes or hurt anybody. We felt that they took it seriously. And the film shows that. We in Verddet are truly proud of this collaboration."

Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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