Stop the misogynist #MeTooMarilyn statue in Palm Springs

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As dedicated citizens of and passionate visitors to Palm Springs we join the effort to ask for the moving of the Forever Marilyn sculpture. It is set to be prominently located in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Marilyn Monroe is a beloved icon to millions worldwide. Her life was short and harsh. A victim of rape at the age of 11, Norma Jean Baker suffered sexual abuse throughout her life. Entering the entertainment industry, she was forced to change her name and her looks in order to become a movie star.

In the 1950s she bravely spoke out about the abuse she endured at the hands of studio heads and others she called “wolves.” She warned upcoming female actors to beware of them.

Placing a hyper-sexualized, misogynist statue of Marilyn at the entrance to the elegant Palm Springs Art Museum sends a message to the community, its visitors (especially young, innocent children), and tourists that this somehow represents “the real Marilyn,” a Marilyn she would have been proud to see celebrated.

Well, it’s not. In fact, it’s the opposite.

She wanted to be taken seriously as an artist and not just a sexual icon. We join others in asking the City of Palm Springs to venerate—not defile—her memory.

We challenge Palm Springs to find more appropriate ways to honor her memory and the true legacy of Marilyn Monroe.


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