Stop Kissing Oscar Wilde's Tomb!
And here you thought the worst thing you could get from kissing was mono. Well, Oscar Wilde's descendants would be happy to argue that one. Not only did they wipe off all the lipstick kisses left by admirers on his tomb in the Père Lachaise Cemetery (it's kind of a tradition), but they walled it off in a protective glass barrier so you, the visitor, couldn't do it again. So are they just totally jealous that Oscar is getting all the love and they're getting stuck with the cleaning bill?
Eh, maybe. According to them the kisses fall under the deterioration/defamation category. Merlin Holland, who is Wilde’s grandson, said, “We are not saying, ‘Go away,’ but rather, ‘Try to behave sensibly,’ ” In laymen's terms, Oscar Wilde's tomb is not a spot in Jet Set Radio meant for face-tagging. Let's keep it classy, people. "I'm sure there will be criticism," Holland added.
Hells yeah there was. Bloggers were quick to gripe about what a travesty this is, one of them saying:
“I guess some may see the lipstick as being a vandalism of the work of Epstein, or a sign of disrespect to Oscar, as it has ultimately degraded his memorial. But I have to disagree. I'm a fan of Epstein's work generally, and therefore keen that any of his sculptures is treated appropriately and cared for. But in this instance, in my view, the continued devotion of Oscar Wilde's fans more than 100 years after his death, represented by those lipstick marks, enhanced the impact of Epstein's bold, modern memorial, making it an even more fitting monument to a great decadent and aesthete. Cleaning them off, and putting the tomb behind a barrier seems to be missing the point."
Babes, I totally agree with you. Wilde died young and penniless. I'm sure he would have appreciated the sentiment of his many visitors--and seriously, whoever heard of such a thing as "disrespectful kisses"?
So what do we think, LitReactors: does this whole barrier ordeal tarnish the legacy?
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