Marilyn Monroe’s legendary rump is getting a bum rap.
With her bodacious backside perched 26-feet excessive over the Palms Springs sky, a supersized statue of the late display screen goddess — posed together with her skirt up — has sparked a booty backlash in California.
And the truth that youngsters are going to be getting a load of Monroe’s panties is the highest concern.
“She’s literally going to be mooning the [Palm Springs Art Museum]” Elizabeth Armstrong, a spokesperson for a brand new Change.org petition, told NPR.
With extra 40,000 signatures collected, Armstrong’s on-line call-to-action calls for Monroe’s bottom get the boot out of Coachella Valley.
The cheeky sculpture — aptly named “Forever Marilyn”— is a chrome steel shrine impressed by Monroe’s iconic dress-billowing subway grate scene in 1955 blockbuster “The Seven Year Itch.”
The statuesque stunner stood as one of many desert’s hottest vacationer points of interest throughout its preliminary run as a Palm Springs landmark from 2012 to 2014.
But now, as “Forever Marilyn” makes its everlasting return to the middle of town seven years later, members of the neighborhood are arguing that it’s sending an ass-backwards message to kids who go to the Palm Springs Art Museum. (The monument is slated to stand on the entrance of the establishment — with Monroe’s well-rounded rear to guests as they exit the power.)
“The thought of those kids leaving our museum and having the first thing they see is the undergarments and underwear of this enormous Marilyn sculpture would be highly offensive,” stated Louis Grachos, director of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Grachos reportedly first expressed his issues in regards to the carving to town council in November.
But his cries over Monroe’s unmentionables apparently went unheard. Officials dominated that the provocative piece be positioned in entrance of the museum for the subsequent three years.
In addition to youngsters being flashed by the full-figured figurine, protestors contend that the monolith is “sexist,” and that its placement goes towards metropolis codes and freeway planning pointers.
But the managing director on the Palm Springs Hilton and the pinnacle of PS Resorts, Aftab Dada, says “Forever Marilyn” is a welcomed addition to town’s sights.
“She makes [the] majority of the people very happy,” stated Dada, who spent years combating for the saucy statue’s return to the Springs.
“The photos taken, and being transmitted all over the world, will do nothing but benefit the city of Palm Springs.”
Dada and the PS Resorts bought the eye-popping effigy of Monroe — who died of a barbiturate overdose in 1962 — for a whopping $1 million.
He plans to fee a cost-benefit evaluation of “Forever Marilyn,” together with her impact on museum attendance, to decide the statue’s total worth to Palm Springs.
“We are going to conduct [an] independent research study and notify the city what the economic impact and benefit she has been,” Dada stated.
And it’s a great factor they’re taking Monroe’s problematic patootie severely.
Because because the celebrated Hollywood sweetheart as soon as famously stated: “I don’t mind making jokes — but I don’t want to look like one.”