Feminist groups have been demonstrating against the installation of a 26-foot-tall Marilyn Monroe statue, which they refer to as a “misogynistic eyesore” they want removed from downtown Palm Springs, California.
The “Forever Marilyn” statue depicts the late actress trying to prevent her skirt from flying up in her iconic pose, but protesters claim the 34,000-pound sculpture might “have been acceptable in the 1950s, but we are in 2021 fighting the same thing and women are saying enough is enough.”
A new 26-foot MARILYN MONROE statue was unveiled in Palm Springs. It was met with criticism because visitors can look up her dress to see her underwear. Protesters call it a, quote, "misogynistic eyesore." pic.twitter.com/LA4qKniOjJ
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“The statue is designed to look at her crotch and look at her buttocks and take photos. And that is no longer acceptable,” remarked Emiliana Guereca, executive director of the Women’s March Foundation. “There’s also a Me Too culture going on, we are demanding respect for women and public spaces.”
The installation was purchased by a Palm Springs city organization for $1 million to promote tourism in the area after it was credited for boosting business revenue during its 2012-2014 run in a different area of the city.
“This is a great free attraction, and I think it will be great for our businesses, and it’s great to have free attractions for our residents,” said Councilman Geoff Kors. “She’s been a great free attraction before, and she will be again.”
But protesters describe the statue as a display of “casual misogyny,” and claim that ”We would never celebrate a powerful man [with a] 26-foot tall sculpture with his pants pulled down.”
A lawsuit has been filed to dispute the sculpture’s placement, calling it an eyesore that impedes traffic flow and blocks the view of the local art museum. They want it relocated to a nearby park.
So far, the installment seems to be serving its intended purpose, making headlines and drawing crowds, even if they are shouting “Hey hey! Ho-ho! Misogyny has got to go!”