Smash Earns Big Ratings, Destroys Marilyn Monroe's Legacy In the Process

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Like 11.5 million other viewers, last night we tuned in to NBC's Smash. It's not because we're huge fans of Glee, or even musical theater in general. We were just kinda curious. With so much hype, the show would either be amazing, or it would crash and burn. Either way, we'd enjoy watching it, right?

Wrong. So, so wrong.

We expected the stereotypical characters and the cheesy song-and-dance numbers. But we had no idea the show would so grossly misrepresent the woman who inspired it in the first place: Marilyn Monroe.

Watch the clip above, then tell us: Did NBC just metaphorically gang-bang Marilyn Monroe?

Look, we know Marilyn Monroe was sexy. Very sexy. She pushed the limits of acceptable sexual behavior way back when. You could argue that her whole career was based on her sex appeal. So yeah, a musical number filled with innuendo makes sense.

But part of the appeal she holds for many women today was the way she straddled (ahem) the line between sex appeal and elegance. If her stardom was based on her ass, at least it was a classy ass. This, on the other hand, is just vulgar. (And this is the New Times -- we don't throw that word around lightly.) She's thrusting; she's getting spanked; she's smiling knowingly as men thrust their crotches at her face. Did we miss the movie where Marilyn learns to back that thang up?

Far be it from us to discourage a good looking lady from dancing like a stripper. But when that lady claims to pay homage to the legendary Marilyn, maybe she should refrain from, say, giving a baseball bat a handjob. Just saying.

For reference, here's how the real Monroe handled a crowd of adoring men:

Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.