There’s no shortage of people all too willing to put the boot into Lance Armstrong.
A 30-foot effigy of the disgraced American will be burned at an annual bonfire celebration in Edenbridge, Kent.
Each year members of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society choose a choose a public figure to burn as an effigy, with radical cleric Abu Hamza and Chancellor George Osborne also considered.
But it is Armstrong, dubbed a “serial cheat” by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, who will be torched on Saturday. Other public figures to have been chosen as the celebrity guy in previous years include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.
”Lance Armstrong is certainly the biggest villain in sport, with fans across the globe feeling cheated by a man who was thought to be whiter than white,” said Edenbridge Bonfire Society spokesman Mark Young.
Meanwhile, the writers of South Park move quickly. This Friday’s episode of the satirical cartoon will take aim at Armstrong – less than two weeks of he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
“Rocked by the recent news of drug use by a beloved icon, the world is left feeling lost and betrayed,” reads the episode’s blurb. “The boys, join with the rest of the nation, and remove their yellow wristbands. Everyone is on board, except for Stan, who just can’t seem to cut off his bracelet.”
The episode will be broadcast in the UK on Comedy Central at 10pm on Friday. Here’s a preview.