Joseph Stalin Out, Michael Jackson In?

Michael Jackson fans in Prague want to build a statue commemorating the musician in the same park that once housed the world's biggest bust of Joseph Stalin. Some locals aren't happy about the plan.
July 12, 2010, 12pm PDT | Nate Berg
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City officials have already granted permission to build the statue.

"Although city officials have given their approval for the statue, many residents feel a monument to the pop star would be unfittingly chintzy for a city with as much historical beauty as Prague, which is often called the "City of 100 Spires" for its gorgeous towering edifices. "Recent Czech history had so many moments one could commemorate with a statue," but not a pop concert, gallery owner Olga Dvoáková recently told the Czech weekly Týden. And more than 2,000 people have signed up for a Facebook page opposing the memorial to the Moonwalker."

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Published on Thursday, July 8, 2010 in Der Spiegel
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