18 July 2011 1:17 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Even though the film was set in New York City, and even though it's frankly a little weird to encourage tourists to take pictures of a giant woman flashing her nether regions, Chicago has just unveiled a bizarre and enormous 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe in her signature oops-my-dress-is-caught-in-this-subway-draft pose from Billy Wilder's "The Seven Year Itch" You know the one.

Judging from the crowds in all the pictures online, people are digging the statue. But it's already putting Ms. Monroe's likeness into awkward situations. Like this one where it looks like a guy is indulging her fetish for erotic asphyxiation. Or how about this one where a man prepares to get his certification as a gynecologist by giving her a thorough his inspection.

It's all a wee bit icky. Over at The Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper is not a fan:

"Even worse than the sculpture itself is the photo-op behavior it's inspiring. »

- Matt Singer

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