If you follow Damian Lillard on Twitter
, which you absolutely should, you found out today that Dame has a fear of "historic statues," of which Washington DC has many.
Honestly, I'm not really sure what to make of Damian's phobias, which is kind of the whole thing about seemingly irrational fears. So rather than try to make heads or tails of it, I present Lillard's extended explanation of his fear of historic statues, including a recounting of a trip to a wax museum that seemed to crystallize Dame's unease with life-like statues of some of the most important people in history.
So you're afraid of statues?
"I'm always really scared of like historic stuff like that. Like, if I see statues of Jesus and Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, all that stuff kinda give me a funny feeling."
What happened at the wax museum?
In Vegas I was at a wax museum for the first time -- I went to Vegas for my birthday when I turned -- and then I went in and saw all the actors and singers and everything and it was cool. They had like all the actors in one room, then they'll have all the rappers and everything was separated. Then they had athletes and I was going through and then they had the last room in there was like Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, all these like big time historic people. They looked just like them, same size. And they just had that music, that "da-dun-nun-na-nun" like that music playing in the room kinda set the mood. It just threw me off. Ever since then I've been done. Even in Lake Oswego, I drive past a cemetery and there's a statue of Jesus out there with his hands up. That even scares me. So I don't mess with statues no more, man."
Can you pinpoint why it's historical statues that scare you, rather than any old statue?
"It's just the idea that they're from so far back and they're so big in our history, then to see something that looks so close to them, you know what I mean? It's weird. It freaked me out."
So you tried to see some of the monuments on the off day in Washington DC?
"Yesterday I was going to eat. We drove past the Martin Luther King (monument) that they build over there, but I didn't get a close up look. We drove past it, I saw that and I was like 'Man, that's scary.'
"Then it was like a couple other monuments we drove past, like the Jefferson, an it was dark outside and those spots were just lit up. So it was kind of like, man, that's crazy. All I could think of was Abraham Lincoln just sitting in the chair, and that's where he got killed. So it's like, it's crazy man."
Have you been to the Ford Theater where Lincoln was assassinated?
"Nope. See, stuff like that, that's nerve-racking for me, but I would want to go. I want to see it. Like, I would go but I would be scared the whole time."
Has it always been this way?
"When I was younger and I'd go to Vegas, we'd go to Caesar's Palace. And you know how they have the mall in there and in the middle there's big horses and soldiers on top of the horses? That stuff scared me back then! I mean, I think I've always been like that.
So you can't trace it to anything?
Yeah, I don't know what to say. That's all it is.
It just freaks me out. If I walk past one of those statues I'm gonna feel like it's watching me, stuff like that.
What about statues of people who weren't famous, say, a statue of a mayor or something like that?
"I think, like if I just saw a statue of you sitting over there, I would walk past it and I wouldn't think about it. But… it's history. It hit me, like at Weber State there's a statue at the front of the campus. A big, tall statue, and even that statue, I walk past it and it would bother me. Simple stuff like that."