Was Arnold Schwarzenegger once forced to sleep in front of his own statue, after being rejected by a hotel?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Arnold Schwarzenegger Had To Sleep In Front Of His Statue!
People are sharing a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger sleeping in front of his own statue, together with this life lesson :
Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a photo of himself sleeping on the street under his famous bronze statue, and sadly wrote “How times have changed*
The reason he wrote the phrase was not only because he was old, but because when he was governor of California he inaugurated a hotel with his statue. Hotel staff told Arnold, “at any moment you can come and have a room reserved for you.” When Arnold stepped down as governor and went to the hotel, the administration refused to give him a room arguing that he should pay for it since they were in great demand.
He brought a sleeping bag and stood underneath the statue and explained what he wanted to convey: “When I was in an important position, they always complimented me, and when I lost this position, they forgot about me and did not keep their promise. Do not trust your position or the amount of money you have, nor your power, nor your intelligence, it will not last. “
Trying to teach everyone that when you’re “Important” in the people’s eyes, everyone is your “Friend ” But once you don’t benefit their interests, you won’t matter.
* You are not always who you think you will always be, nothing lasts forever”
Truth : Arnold Schwarzenegger Did Not Sleep In Front Of His Statue!
This is yet another example of celebrity FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : The Picture Is Genuine
First, let me confirm that the picture is genuine.
In fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger posted it on his own Instagram account and Facebook page on 15 January, 2016.
Fact #2 : He Did Not Sleep In Front Of His Statue
To be clear – Arnold only posed for the shot. He did not actually sleep in front of his own statue.
Fact #3 : He Was Filming A Movie At That Time
Arnold took that picture while he was in Columbus filming the movie, Aftermath (known at that time as 478).
He allegedly requested that the movie be shot in Columbus, because of his long love for the city.
More to the point – he would have been provided with accommodation while he was filming. He wouldn’t have needed to “comp” a hotel room…
Fact #4 : Most Of The Quotes Were Made Up
Arnold’s picture was only accompanied by this comment – “How times have changed.“. Nothing else.
The other quotes about being rejected by a hotel for losing his important position were made up.
Fact #5 : The Picture Was Not Taken Outside Any Hotel
Arnold took the picture in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Centre in Ohio. Not in front of any hotel, as the fake story claimed.
The 8 foot-tall statue was first erected outside the Franklin County Veterans Memorial on March 2, 2012, and moved to the Greater Columbus Convention Centre on October 6, 2014.
At the 2014 rededication of his statue, then-Mayor Michael B. Coleman told Schwarzenegger, “We want to memorialize that forever in front of our convention center.”
Fact #6 : He Did Not Inaugurate Any Hotel With His Statue
Arnold Schwarzenegger did not inaugurate any new hotel with his own statue. Why on Earth would anyone do that? It doesn’t even make sense.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was honoured with that statue to commemorate his commitment to Columbus, Ohio, where the Arnold Sports Festival is held every year.
Fact #7 : Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Rich
It is hilarious that so many people actually believe that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be so hard up for a free hotel room.
He is wealthy, with a net worth estimated to be between $300 million to $400 million.
Fact #8 : He Stepped Down As Governor In 2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California for two terms – from November 17, 2003 until January 3, 2011.
In other words, he stepped down as governor 14 months before his status was erected in 2012! The fake story’s chronology is complete nonsense.
Fact #9 : Fake Story Has Been Circulating Since January 2018
This fake story appears to be created around January 2018, when it first went viral.
Since then, it has periodically gone viral over the years on social media – Twitter and Facebook, as well as on WhatsApp.
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