PALM SPRINGS (CBSLA) — Protests greeted an iconic Marilyn Monroe statue Sunday as it returned to Palm Springs after a seven-year absence.
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The 26-foot “Forever Marilyn” statue was unveiled Sunday night with a ceremony. The statue designed by the late artist Seward Johnson depicts Monroe in her iconic scene from the 1955 romantic comedy, “The Seven Year Itch.”
PS Resorts paid $1 million to bring the statue back to Palm Springs, and its chairman says it was an economic boon to the city seven years ago.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment?
“Forever Marilyn is an important addition to our community and our tourism economy,” Scott White, president and CEO for the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, said. “It tells the world we are different, unique, and special.”
But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, people see the statue in a new light. Protesters are unhappy with the location of the giant statue near the Palm Springs Art Museum and have called it “sexually objectifying.”MORE NEWS: Child Tax Credit: October Payments Hitting Parents' Bank Accounts
“The 26-foot-tall ‘statue’ of Marilyn Monroe is designed for viewers to walk in between the legs, look up her dress and snap a picture of her crotch or buttocks for fun,” Emiliana Guereca, executive director of the Women’s March Foundation, said in a statement. “It is sexist, exploitative and misogynistic. Even in death, Marilyn has no peace.”