Some like it not: Marilyn Monroe statue has church venting

A 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe has been placed in Stamford park, Connecticut across the street from a church, with Monroe's backside facing the church. The statue depicts the scene from 1955's "The Seven Year Itch" where Monroe holds down her white dress as air blows up from a subway grate. The back of the statue clearly shows Monroe's underwear and is visible from First Congregational Church of Stamford. Some passerby's thought the statue was disrespectful to the church. "Forever Marilyn" is one of 36 statues by artist Seward Johnson, that are on loan and on display throughout the downtown area this summer. A city resident said she found it disturbing to see children climbing on the statue's leg and looking up the skirt. Rev. Dr. Todd Grant Yonkman, pastor of the First Congregational Church, has a sense of humor about the statue but says "The issue is, Why that statue, Marilyn Monroe was an artist deserving our respect. Why appropriate her image in this way. Is this the best we can do?"

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