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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?

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16 Comments

  • TMikel

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

  • Sam

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • McGullen

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

  • bab

    I think it’s lovely.

  • Robbie K

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

  • TheRealMannequinAdam

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

  • industrysinner

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

  • 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!

  • Michael in Toronto

    Great. And gross. At the same time.

  • hunnylvr

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

  • 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.”

  • DavyJones

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

  • TheRealMannequinAdam

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

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