Comments on "The afterlife of Marilyn Monroe" - Faerye Net 2009-08-27T01:59:29+00:00 re: Whatever 2009-08-27T01:59:29+00:00 2009-08-27T01:59:29+00:00 <p>I&#8217;m astonished the widow went through with it in the first place. Very little dignity for anyone involved, really.</p> <p>I&#8217;m an idealist and an optimist: someday I hope we can be wise enough to keep our myths without treating our living and dead poorly for their sakes.</p> Felicity Whatever 2009-08-26T12:02:08+00:00 2009-08-26T12:02:08+00:00 <p>My general opinions on these matters is that the widow made a good financial decision to sell that stupid crypt for an obscene amount of money to someone who thought that it would be cool to be interred above Marilyn Monroe.</p> <p>As you state this is nothing new, and has been going on for millennia. In the extreme, this is nothing more than the fetishist attitudes that many people hold toward Relics. In fifty years, when the crypt again goes up for sale, someone else will be able to sleep with Marilyn for a while.</p> <p>Her story is a sad one. But she chose the path she would take, and even if it got away from her, she is our Helen, our Nefertiti, our Marie Antoinette, and she will be remembered, not as Norma Jean, but as Marilyn Monroe for as long as we, as a species have memories of such things.</p> Kug