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WATCH: A 30-Foot Marilyn Monroe Flashing the Crowds on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

Decades after her untimely death, it appears Marilyn Monroe still has an itch to scratch. A statue of the blonde bombshell (well, her equally memorable lower half) was erected this week in Chicago‘s Pioneer Plaza right off Michigan Avenue. The public art replica depicts Marilyn’s iconic scene in The Seven Year Itch where she walks by an air vent with a flow-y dress and whoops! Oh, Marilyn, you tease you.

Not everyone is delighted to take a peek up Marilyn’s dress, however. The public display of panties has been criticized as creepy and sexist, a cheap shot at “making people think.”

What do you guys think? Titillating art or straight from Universal Studios theme park?

By:           Oscar Raymundo
On:           Jul 14, 2011
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  • 16 Comments
    • TMikel
      TMikel

      Couldn’t they make a full sized version? This is hardly worth reporting.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam
      Sam

      It’s under construction and will be a full sized version unveiled on Friday

      Jul 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheRealMannequinAdam
      TheRealMannequinAdam

      So they erect a statue of a heterosexual white woman showing her panties…and people think this is acceptable in a city as large and diverse as Chicago?

      Jul 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hunnylvr
      hunnylvr

      Honestly, what’s the big deal? At least she has panties.. I was told MM rarely wore them. So, there you have it. The world would be a less complicated place if so many people didn’t walk around with their panties IN A BUNCH over such silly, inane crap like this.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      I think its quite funny. I mean, its not like our economy is shot to hell, so why can’t we waste money on a slutty statue?

      Jul 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McGullen
      McGullen

      The statue isn’t even about the panties, it’s about the feet. It’s a foot fetish statue. A pervert statue.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bab
      bab

      I think it’s lovely.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie K
      Robbie K

      I can’t wait tell they unveil mine in short shorts

      Jul 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheRealMannequinAdam
      TheRealMannequinAdam

      @Robbie K: And when they do, they’ll install a counseling center and suicide booth next to it, as a precaution.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • industrysinner
      industrysinner

      Why in Chicago? Shouldn’t it have been NYC?

      Jul 15, 2011 at 12:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Puhleezz
      Puhleezz

      Criticized as sexist by who? Militant angry feminazis? It’s quirky and innocuous. I mean they could have taken the pretentious art route and made some contrived statement like an infant strangled by its own cord dangling from her cooch and that baby was made up of trash comprised of all that’s wrong with the world thereby blaming all the world’s woes on… How did realmannequinadam put it? “a heterosexual white woman showing her panties” But then I guess it would be lauded as powerful, daring art that challenges people to… Ugh!

      Jul 15, 2011 at 8:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael in Toronto
      Michael in Toronto

      Great. And gross. At the same time.

      Jul 15, 2011 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hunnylvr
      hunnylvr

      @industrysinner:
      Because Chicago is better than NYC! :)

      Jul 15, 2011 at 11:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      I’ll be there in Chgo tonight…this will be probably my first exposure to giant lady panties since they showed “before” photos on “The Biggest Loser.”

      Jul 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DavyJones
      DavyJones

      @TheRealMannequinAdam: Is your point that it should have been a statue of a homosexual latin woman instead?

      Jul 16, 2011 at 2:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheRealMannequinAdam
      TheRealMannequinAdam

      @DavyJones: Yes. That’s it. *eyeroll*

      Jul 16, 2011 at 4:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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