Saturday, July 18, 2009

Butter Idea Melts for King of Pop

The votes are in and Michael Jackson will not have his buttery likeness displayed at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this summer, after support for a creamy statue of the King of Pop melted in an online vote.

It wasn't a question of Jackson's talents that drew complaints.

It was more about Michael Jackson's reputation involving, how shall we say it, children.

Past works have included statues of Elvis Presley and Tiger Woods, Harry Potter, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and even a slippery rendition of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper." And this year's display will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

Fair staff first announced plans for a Jackson sculpture days after his June 25 death. After being bombarded with complaints, the staff clarified that the Jackson statue would be of him moonwalking, in keeping with the theme.

But that didn't stop the complaints, so organizers decided to put the issue to an online vote.

More than 100,000 votes were cast and by a 65 percent to 35 percent margin, people rejected the Jackson butter image.