The placement of a 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe directly in front of a church in Stamford, Connecticut, is being slammed as ‘disrespectful’.
According to this report, First Congressional Church member Michael Dagostino said:
If God had something to say, he probably would’ve sent a bolt through it.
The biggest complaint being voiced by those opposed to the statue – created by artist Seward Johnson to replicate Monroe’s iconic dress scene above a subway grate in the movie The Seven Year Itch – is that her arse faces the church.
Another church member, Pam Riley, huffed:
It’s disrespectful to the church. Her skirt is up in the air and everyone’s under there looking up her skirt.
Other residents are complaining that the gigantic statue, weighing nearly 30,000 pounds, is inappropriate.
Lorri Tamburro said:
I just find the position to be offensive. It was, in my eyes, very disrespectful.
City officials have reportedly received several phone calls complaining about the statue, especially as children are climbing up the model’s legs.
But not all residents are disturbed by it. One nearby resident, Marilyn Lodato, who was named after the famous actress, said:
This is an iconic pose. This art is incredibly well done from the details on her toenails to the shoes. I don’t think that it’s so offensive … I think it honours her.
The response to Marilyn and the other statues has been overwhelmingly positive, said Sandy Goldstein, President of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, which is hosting the exhibit along with sponsors including real estate finance firm UC Funds.
Goldstein noted there are many nude statues outdoors in Europe – and near churches – that are accepted by the public.
It is art and we don’t believe it is offensive. We absolutely mean no disrespect to the church.