A battle of equals
How is it that Bosnia got its own Bruce Lee statue even before Hong Kong did? I like how the people of Mostar decided to experiment with his style before the official unveiling. The ethnic makeover is a vast improvement on his trademark yellow jumpsuit, of which I was never a fan for several reasons:
1. bright yellow has a ghastly sallowing effect on east Asian complexions
2. impracticalities of going to the toilet for somebody living by an 8 glasses a day regime
3. worn on the wrong body type, dramatically increases the risk of cameltoe
4. provides wearers with a false sense of invincibility and causes them to perform feats of reckless bravado, which in turn leads back to no. 3
In choosing Bruce Lee as their symbol of unity, the Bosnians snubbed that other famous martial arts star from Hong Kong, Jackie Chan. It is clear that Jackie's anti-piracy campaigns have cost him fans, isolating a large part of population who don't mind watching buddy cop movies featuring Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson but who aren't willing to pay more than $1 for the privilege.
All of this attention over Bruce Lee has also raised fresh debate over who would win in an epic battle between the two. In my mind, any such discussion would be a fruitless exercise, one that's been done to death a gazillion times. You'd get more mileage out of speculating over the outcome of a cage match between Jackie Chan and the Duchess of York.
What would be worthwhile, though, would be a comparison between the competing Bruce Lee statues. If they came to life and say, leapt off the pedestals with nunchukas aflurry, who would prevail? In the Bosnian corner, we have the shiny gold-coloured version which I like to call C3P0 Bruce Lee.
Over in the Hong Kong corner, the sculptors have opted for a duller finish, resulting in Crunchy-Hard Toffee Bruce Lee.
So, which will it be?
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