Philadelphia Wax Museum to Include Michael Vick?

The last time we heard about the Philadelphia Wax Museum, it was during the whole Chick-fil-A anti-gay debacle of 2012, when local lesbian blog Phillesbian.com pointed out that Philadelphia Wax Museum founder Robert Avery (a D.C. resident) was a proud supporter of Chick-fil-A’s position.

Here’s what Avery wrote back then:

I am the Founder of The Philadelphia Wax Museum. I am a Christian. The Very idea of The Philadelphia Wax Museum came from the God I serve. This non-profit has Christian Values. We do not discriminate. We believe that what the bible says about marriage is correct, that it is between a man and a woman. There is no instance of two men in the bible getting married, there is no instance of two women getting married. We support and love all people. We do not hate anyone. This is America and in this country we all have the right to Believe in what you believe in. Because this is a free country you have the right to support or not support The Philadelphia Wax Museum. God bless.

Naturally, the Phillesbians called for a boycott of the museum.

Well, Avery appears to have been undaunted by the anti-anti-gay sentiment. In an email this morning, Avery informed me that he intends to unveil the museum’s first figure this March at City Hall. Fittingly, the first figure will be of Pennsylvania founder William Penn.

Here, a commercial for the Philadelphia Wax Museum that suggests some other candidates for waxed immortality, including Pink, Bill Cosby, Rocky Balboa and Michael Vick (see 0:24). Cue the animal activists.

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  • 123tl78

    So. After all that happened these past few years with the failing team and the ridiculous hero worship of ex-con athletes who did horrible things to dogs but thankfully was forced to stop doing those horrible things by way of prison was he worth $100 million?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dcdawn53 Dawn Carosso Beattie

    DESPICABLE!!! WON’T LAST AN HOUR!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Robavery83 Rob Avery

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Robavery83 Rob Avery

    My name is Robert Avery I am the Founder of The Philadelphia Wax Museum. First and foremost thank you Victor Fiorilla for your article.

    For the record, I am a Philadelphia native. I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. I currently live and work in Washington D.C. I am in the Air Force reserves and have been for 15 plus years and counting. My duty station is at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility. I also am a federal employee for the Department of the Navy as an Emergency Manager. So with that said my work has me in DC but my home, heart, and roots are in Philadelphia. I love my city, I love our city!!! Philadelphia is a great city that is only getting better.

    I find it very interesting that people think we discriminate against homosexuals, when Sherman Hemsley who was a Philadelphia native and homosexual we plan to honor and highlight for all his many accomplishments as well as Lee Daniels. Secondly I challenge any person to visit our Facebook Fan page at http://www.facebook.com/thephiladelphiawaxmuseum and see if there is anything but love for all the great Philadelphian’s past and present. We have over 50,000 fans and counting and daily we get requests when the museum will open.

    As far as Mike Vick is concerned if the funding comes in we do plan to create a wax figure of him as we will Benard Hopkins who went to jail for the first half of his life only to become a record breaking middle and light heavyweight boxing champion as well as set the record for becoming the oldest person to ever hold a title belt in boxing. We choose to see Mike Vick like every other human being who has made mistakes, learned from them and bounced back. I am a Christian and along with the other 2.1 Billion of Christians worldwide we believe in forgiveness.

    So we hope that you support what we are trying to do for Philadelphia and in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Wax Museum is going to be Great! We hope you will support our mission. .

    • Areyoukiddingme

      But you are a deadbeat dad to at least two children. Don’t forget that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.nappi Carl Nappi

    The Wax Museum is something that every Philadelphian will be proud of.
    Not sure about Michael Vic, is he a native of Philadelphia?

    • Justin Morton

      No hes from Virgina.

  • 123tl78

    You know who should be in the wax museum. Not Michael Vick. How about doing the real heroes. You know, the people that actually fought to save the dogs from Michael Vick’s house of horrors for dogs, helped the dogs after being saved and adopted these dogs and still do right by them to this day. Those are the real heroes in this world. The people that wouldn’t have done dog fighting in the first place and pick up the pieces of the innocent dogs who are victims of monsters in this world. They deserve $100 million dollars. Not some ex con athlete. I’m all for second chances but hero worship of a former monster. No way. The true heroes always get unnoticed.

    • Justin Morton

      Ya, like the people in the Humane Society… wait hes in the humane society…. well then give it to someone who helps young kids, like someone in the boys and girls club…. wait he dose that too. How about we try to forgive people for the mistakes they make and move on.

      • 123tl78

        The part I find amazing is the man has always had millions of dollars in his career and YOU feel sorry for him. Why? There are so many people that didn’t do those horrible things to dogs, didn’t get paid millions of dollars for being an athlete, yet still gave back to society with no concern for any attention or acknowledgement. I have a right to be tired of the hero worship of a person who is not a hero. Yes. He’s stayed out of trouble but he isn’t a hero. He’s just lucky to have some athletic talent that people are willing to pay and his giving back now to help children is just being a decent human being. The real heroes in society are the ones who fought to save his dogs and help them lead normal lives without being tortured by the real animals. That is the real question. Why defend him so much? The Humane Society deal was to improve his image and maybe partly to help other kids to not go in his direction but nothing heroic about it. There was money exchanged with the Humane Society. So, again, why is he a hero? I am sure there are other people in Philly who deserve the acknowledgement. I have no hate for the man, nor do I care what he is doing now unless he breaks the law. What I do care about is the screwed up message being relayed to kids. You don’t tell them that if you do something horrible, go to prison, if you pay the right people, you can get your old job back and be a hero all because you have some athletic talent. Sports is fun and important but you should not be treated like a God or get special treatment. So, again, why do you defend him so much?

        • Justin Morton

          The reason i defend him is hes a perfect example of a man knocked down by his own doing and getting back up and dusting himself off. Anyone who has ever made a mistake know that this is an impotant factor of Redemption. Ya, he use to fight dogs and kill them. Ya, thats obviosly wrong. But why can’t he be a hero to the people that experienced the pain of a horrible mistake and need someone to look up to him, that need help to find redemption. He might not be a hero to you, for you might havent made a mistake as bad as his. But for those people in jail, that is thinking “Man, that was a mistake.” and one day hoping for redemption and to get there life back on track. Hes a hero for them. I just wish people wouldnt hate on him as much. and sorry for the first comment if it seemed rude to you im just tired of people not giving him credit for redemption at the least. I’m not asking you to love him just don’t exclude him from being a hero to some. He is a hero to me.

          • 123tl78

            I think the hero worship of this man has been grossly overdone. The way this man truly could have become a true hero is if he devoted his life to helping victims of dog fighting (in the shelters), donating to the people that pick up the pieces after busing a dog fighting ring and showing kids the real damage that is done with dog fighting. Showing the scarred and damaged dogs and donating and volunteering with these groups to show what damage is done in dog fighting. He’s had enough celebrity and he’s doing things to make money. If he really was so concerned what he did to his own dogs and other dogs in dog fighting he would be in the trenches saving as many dogs as he could. He is not doing that. He wrote a book (his publisher wrote a book) to make more money. Has it gone to help the victims of dog fighting. The living creatures he hurt the most? No. If he had chosen that path, then yes, he would have been a true hero worth of redemption. I’m all for second chances and glad he’s not breaking the law but I think the hero worship of this man is greatly misplaced.

          • Justin Morton

            He has donated to charities and has even started his own. He donated to $1 million to the Animal Hospital Foundation of America to help recover the dogs he hurt during his dogfighting program and as well as to help recover many other dogs involved in animal cruelty. He has also starte his own charity called the Michael Vick Foundation. He has spent over $31 million to charities. He has even gone chool to school helping kids and telling them about why dog fighting is wrong. He has donated to the Boys and Girls Club to help young kids away from those bad things they could be involved it. And his book tells of how he was introduced to dog fighting and how monsterous it is so people know. Just another way to spread awareness. /And hes not done

          • 123tl78

            No he didn’t donate to the Animal Hospital Foundation. How would you know that he spent 31 million? How would you know that? Don’t believe everything you read. He is what he is. I am glad he’s not breaking the law and trying in his own way to talk to kids but it’s not the same as helping the dogs day in and day out and feeling sorrow for what he did to them while having everything a person could want in life. Anyone that could torture and kill dogs or anything else because it didn’t have the fight drive probably won’t help dogs. But once in a while a person has a revelation and may actually feel sorrow for what they did. But most times they don’t. Just telling you what redemption is really all about. Again, you believe what you want but I think differently. Enough of this treating athletes like Gods. The true heroes were the ones that fought to save those dogs, helped them, adopted them and continue to this day (alot of people) try to help the victims of dog fighting if the dogs are given a chance to live. Dog fighting is part of the reason responsible dog owners who love these type dogs get hounded by the media and by people who don’t know these dogs that they have killer dogs. Millions of people love and do right by these dogs. Thanks to dog fighting the persecution of these dogs never ends besides the fact that imagine what kind of human being could torture and kill a creature that gives unconditional love. No human gives unconditional love.

          • Justin Morton

            yes he did, how do you know he didn’t you are just going on your opinion i’m providing facts but ya whatever.I have never heard of a responsible dog owner getting “dogged” by the media. sorry for the pun. then you just went on about dog fighting in general, like he still dose it or something but, OK great argument. So, i’m done this is pointless so see ya

          • 123tl78

            No he didn’t because many people checked including me. Nice try but that line has been done before. He is what he is. A cautionary tale of extreme cruelty by some people to the vulnerable. We need to remind kids that it never was okay.

          • Justin Morton

            k whatever dude

          • 123tl78

            Justin. I guess you don’t listen to the news then I guess to see the extreme bias towards pit bull type dogs partly because of dog fighting and media hype. You might want to look up the news once in a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vashti.rashada Vashti Rashada

    As a long time Philadelphian i look forward to the unveiling of the first Wax Figure and the opening of the Wax Museum.. Im sure Philadelphia will be very proud..

  • http://www.facebook.com/vashti.rashada Vashti Rashada

    We are all entitled to our own beliefs and we dont have to follow the So called Norm.. As a Christian i believe marriage is between a man and women as we dont discriminate against gays and should not be looked at as being negative because one does not believe.. As for the Philly Wax site.. Ive never seen any negativity or any discrimination against of any sort.. And who are we to judge anyone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Robavery83 Rob Avery

    We have supporters of The Philadelphia Wax Museum trying to post positive comments but this writer is not letting them post them.

    • vfiorillo

      That’s a lie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vashti.rashada Vashti Rashada

    How do i remove my comments?

  • Areyoukiddingme

    Forget the fact that this wax museum is a pipe dream. When is anyone going to bring up the fact that ROB AVERY (so called up standing citizenship, Christian, philanthropist, is actually a deadbeat dad who currently has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to show up to child support court. You call yourself helping the youth but you turn your back on two different children who were fathered months apart. You are a liar, a con artist and pathetic. Lets stop focusing on the imaginary museum and focus on the fact that this guy is just overall scum. Shall I post pictures of the children that look exactly like you?? Or the court papers that show that you have been running from the law for the past two years? Check the facts people! It’s public knowledge. ROB AVERY is a wanted man in Maryland AND Virginia for fathering children that he refuses to claim or financially provide for. Why don’t you start raising money for your children and let go of this laughable scam that you call a museum. IDIOT.