Cancel culture is going after a Palm Springs Marilyn Monroe statue.
While some people are delighted to have such cultural art returning to the Palm Springs, Calif., with it potentially driving tourism during an economic downturn, other people are concerned that the sex icon’s buoyant dress presents an opportunity for people to upskirt the statue.
Elizabeth Armstrong, previously the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, is seeking removal of the 26-foot high artwork based on its visible undergarments.
Detractors agree saying that the return of the statue to Palm Springs is a problem because children can easily see up Marilyn’s skirt.
“It’s blatantly sexist,” Armstrong told NPR, “It forces people almost to upskirt.”
“Upskirting” is a modern term used to describe the secret recording of an image (usually by cell phone camera) of another person’s private parts or undergarments, often shot surreptitiously up the skirt of an unsuspecting woman in a public place.
The current art museum director, Louis Grachos, agrees, telling the town council “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.”
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