This "Sexy" Courthouse Statue of Abraham Lincoln Is Going Viral—Photos
It's time to emancipate those abs!
Remember that truly terrible statue of Christiano Ronaldo at the international airport in Madeira, Portugal, that no one could stop laughing about? Or that absolutely terrifying rendition of Lucille Ball that was so frightening it had to be replaced? Well, both of those can take a seat, because we're here to present to you "Honest Abs."
Reminder that the Los Angeles federal courthouse has a statue of Abraham Lincoln where he's a shirtless young stud suggestively tugging at his waistband like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model: pic.twitter.com/32bjqEERYi
— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) February 20, 2019
The statue, which is in the Los Angeles federal courthouse, features a young and gloriously chiseled (no pun intended) Abe Lincoln, shirtless and "tugging at his waistband like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model." With a premium build and a heavy book in his left hand, he is basically your dream man, and he is taking the internet by storm.
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) February 20, 2019
Needless to say, the puns were soon rolling in.
The Gettysburg Undress
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) February 20, 2019
And some thought it was a nice of blend of a major historical figure and the way people in the area actually dress. This isn't the Abe you saw in your textbooks!
I think it's great that they're combining history with the local culture.
— Tom (@tadale) February 20, 2019
He's just so lifelike. You can practically imagine him showing up at your doorstep to say, "Hey, baby, what say we tuck ourselves in for the night and brush up on our constitutional law?"
Carrying a book as a pretense that he's going to his friend's house to "study."
— Chrisna (@chrisna) February 20, 2019
And, apparently, the lawyers in the building have an odd way of using the sexy statue as a good luck charm.
Amongst the lawyers at the courthouse it's considered good luck to tweak Honest Abe's nipples.
— David Roy Stewart (@DavidRoyStewart) February 20, 2019
There's almost certainly some literature about him on the dark web.
There's probably fanfiction about that shirtless Lincoln statue.
— Pepijn (@PKtje) February 20, 2019
And it seems like he's not the only sexy Lincoln in this great nation. Though some Twitter users couldn't help but notice this one bears a striking resemblance to Tilda Swinton.
We have a hot Lincoln statue in Chicago too! pic.twitter.com/AlFORPjib8
— Jamie Bernstein (@UAJamie) February 20, 2019
For what it's worth, the eight-foot limestone sculpture in Los Angeles is hardly new. In fact, it was created in 1939 by artist James L. Hansen, who used his own body as a model for the former president's appearance.
Look, I've lived in Illinois and seen a lot of Lincolns in my time but this is maybe one of the most unusual? C. 1940 sexy New Deal Lincoln at the DC Office of Public Records pic.twitter.com/3a1nmL8GYM
— MJ Rymsza-Pawlowska (@malgorzatar) May 3, 2018
"Hansen developed his own interpretation of Lincoln, portraying him as a young man standing barefoot and shirtless—a man of deep sentiment and understanding," the information plaque on the statue reads.
Found it… pic.twitter.com/IPumQ4iGZF
— Jennifer Jordan (@ediblememory) February 20, 2019
Now, give the people what they want, Abe!
Emancipate them abs.
— Molly Rene (@mollyrenewriter) February 20, 2019
And to familiarize yourself with more of America's depictions of great leaders, check out The Ugliest Statue in Every State.
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