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No butter statue for King of Pop?

July 19, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Jesus Christ and his apostles made the cut. So did John Wayne, Elvis and Tiger Woods.

But Michael Jackson will not have his buttery likeness displayed at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this summer. Support for a creamy statue of the King of Pop melted in an online vote.

Kent Lehs, a manager with the Midwest Dairy Assn., which sponsors the display, said it wasn't a question of Jackson's achievements that drew complaints. "They were more pointed toward . . . his personal life," Lehs said.

Jackson was accused of molesting a child in 1993 and settled the case without a trial, and he was acquitted of child molestation charges in a separate case in 2003.

Butter sculptures have been a popular part of the fair since 1911.

In addition to the annual life-size Butter Cow, this year's work will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

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