“Bewitched” Statue Battle

A planned statue tribute to beloved TV sitcom Bewitched is causing broomsticks
to battle in Salem, Massachusetts because residents fear the proposed site is
too close to the town’s less comical magic connection–the Salem Witch

Bewitched character Samantha Stevens, played by Elizabeth Montgomery, was to
be immortalized in bronze to honor her connection to Salem, where the TV show
was set in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

But locals are upset because the comical witch will overlook the town not far
from where 20 Salemites were wrongfully accused of witchcraft and put to death
in 1692.

Opposition leader Jean Harrison says, “To put the statue in this particular
location is insensitive… It trivializes the witch trials that took place

Last week Salem officials green-lighted the statue plan, but
angry locals who oppose the memorial insist they’ll fight to at least have it
moved to a different location.

The statue tribute is particularly topical as Nicole Kidman is set to
recreate Montgomery’s role in the much-anticipated Bewitched movie this summer.

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