Things are not peachy in Iowa over the proposed Michael Jackson butter sculpture planned for the Iowa State Fair. The annual butter cow was to be joined this year by a butter Michael Jackson in commemoration of the Moonwalk.
Under pressure and disparaging comments, the Iowa State Fair is now putting the issue to a vote.
"The overwhelming response is a testament to how important the Iowa State Fair is to Iowans and to the iconic nature of Iowa's butter cow," says Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair CEO/Manager." However, the ongoing discussion has created a lot of, well, 'churn,'" he adds. "Since everyone has an opinion about the sculpture, we've decided to put it to a vote and let Fairgoers decide."
The Iowa State Fair site puts it this way:
"The concept of the sculpture will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk on July 20, 1969. In honor of Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind,” this year’s sculpture will include an astronaut, an American flag and a buttery rendition of the surface of the moon. Depending on the vote, Michael Jackson would be featured in a small side portion of the sculpture as the first pop-star to perfect and popularize choreographed moonwalking. "
Never one to back away from a good controversy, PETA weighs in with this request:
"Making the statue out of cruel and unhealthy dairy products is simply a 'bad' idea. In honor of Michael's concern for kids' health, please use dairy-free butter for the statue--we're sure you'll find that you can't 'beat it."'
Oh good grief.