I Make-Out with Dead Guys All the Time, but not GAY Dead Guys…
The eminently quotable Oscar Wilde once wrote:
“Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!”
Well, though he wasn’t killed by a kiss, I suspect Wilde never suspected the amount of illegal smooching his tomb would receive after his death.
In fact, so many women have besmirched the man’s gravestone with lipstick prints that have damaged the stone beyond repair. All this despite the whopping $12,000 fine for defacing the monument. Of course, it’s France and many of the folks who go about defacing historical monuments are probably tourists who wouldn’t pay the fine anyway even if they were caught.
While the French government wouldn’t pay for the tomb to be restored, the Irish ponied up and have done an extensive de-greasing of the monument and included a glass barrier which will hopefully prevent future defacing of the tomb by facesucking women determined to put a blight on the grave of one of the most influential writers of the 19th century. Wilde was a romantic at heart, but oddly enough I don’t think he’d appreciate all the female attention…
You can read more about the story at the Guardian.