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Giant Marilyn Monroe statue causes controversy

August 15, 2011 12:27:27 AM PDT
A giant recreation of Marilyn Monroe's iconic skirt billowing scene in "The Seven Year Itch" is raising eyebrows in Chicago.

The scene from the 1955 film caused a stir from the day it was filmed, and decades later, it's still causing controversy.

The 17-ton "Forever Marilyn" statue, which towers 26 feet above Michigan Avenue, shows the actress in the provocative pose, and it even shows her underwear.

"I'm an elementary school teacher, and I find it offensive," said one woman.

Among those who didn't like the provocative pose at the time was Joe DiMaggio, Monroe's then-husband. An outraged DiMaggio is said to have stormed off the set.