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Where have we seen Chicago’s Marilyn Monroe statue before?

Where have we seen Chicago’s Marilyn Monroe statue before? (photo)

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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. Men (and women) licking Marilyn’s leg, gawking up her skirt, pointing at her giant panties as they leer and laugh. It’s not that the sculpture is shocking or sexist or obscene — but it’s definitely bringing out the juvenile goofball in many of us.

Here’s hoping [sculptor Seward] Johnson’s next work for Chicago isn’t a re-creating of Sharon Stone’s pivotal moment in ‘Basic Instinct.’

Ogling glancing at pictures of this statue for hours on end ever so briefly, I felt like I’d seen this image before. And then it hit me. The Who’s “Tommy.” Take a look.

So now we’re taking our cues for new public works from overblown 70s rock operas? What’s next? A 30-foot tall Mr. Roboto in Times Square? The statue of Monroe is supposed to come down in 2012, but now I’m worried they’re going leave it up for 100 years and then replace it with a scene from the album “2112” by Rush.

What do you think of Chicago’s Marilyn statue? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter! Domo arigato.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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