That's right. Because emotions are running high for the planning of the annual Iowa state fair, officials have decided to let Iowans vote on whether or not a butter version of Michael Jackson will join the previously planned sculptures for this years festivities. Naturally, one of the originally intended sculptures is the traditional iconic cow. The other sculpture planned is intended to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. According to Lori Chappell, the fair's marketing director,
The sculpture will include an astronaut, an American flag, the surface of the moon and, depending on the public vote, Michael Jackson in recognition of his "moonwalk" dance step.
This has been the biggest butter sculpture controversy since a decade ago, when again according to Chappell,
there was a minor flap over the role of religion in 1999 when former sculptor Duffy Lyon chose to carve "The Last Supper".
Most butter sculptures in the US tend to feature cows or scenes one could reasonably attribute to Norman Rockwell. But someone did sculpt Elvis, so the precedent exists.
Sculpting with butter is an old and widespread tradition. Tibetan monks have long created religious motifs out of yak butter.
Below, enjoy a small gallery of butter sculptures including Elvis, Tutankhamen (in Texas, no less!) and Buddha.
I wonder if there will be a chocolate Michael Jackson anywhere?