Meghan McCain: Kim Kardashian tramples Marilyn Monroe at the altar of our shallow culture

American history and American art must be protected, full stop. In our current impulsive consumer culture, where we buy and throw away at incredible rates, it is more important than ever to preserve our past.

that’s why i was so upset when Kim Kardashian Decided to Wear Marilyn Monroe’s Famous, Crystal-Encrusted ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ Dress to the Met Ball New York City last month.

Some clothes are so iconic and embedded in our American psyche that they should never be worn by anyone except the women who made them famous.

Of course, Marilyn is one of the most famous American icons (yes, even more famous than Kim herself).

She sparked controversy of her own in 1965 when she wore that form-fitting dress to sing at the 45th birthday celebration of President John F. Kennedy Jr.

It was a sad moment.

The dress designed by Bob Mackie gave the illusion that she was naked on stage as she served the country’s young, hot and very married president.

Add to the drama Marilyn’s sultry, seductive mannerisms that she displayed towards a man with whom she was long rumored to be having sex.

It was a scene that fused political and pop culture together and became embedded in the American consciousness.

Of course, Marilyn is one of the most famous American icons (yes, even more famous than Kim herself).

Marilyn (right) is, of course, one of the most famous American icons. Yes, more famous than Kim herself (left)

There’s a lot to unpack about that moment; Naked dress, songs, Marilyn, Kennedy, and everything that happened that night and after.

Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, ending an era of American innocence, and beginning a time of violence, political unrest, and cynicism that has come to define the modern American experience.

Marilyn died of a drug overdose in her home in August, three months after wearing the dress.

And on Monday, new photos of the gown were released, which clearly showed the damage done by Kim’s fleeting red carpet moment.

The cloth is torn and strained and many crystals had fallen off.

Simply put, it is a very damaged and sad sight to behold.

First and foremost, that dress is a piece of American history.

Kim’s decision to wear the outfit is similar to that of someone wearing Judy Garland’s ruby ​​slippers from The Wizard of Oz, who lives at the Smithsonian.

(The Ripley Believes It or Not! Muse bought Marilyn’s costume in 2016 for a record $5 million—I hope they’re happy with their investment.)

Kim swears she’s extremely careful, but the evidence is right before our eyes.

The cloth is torn and strained and many crystals had fallen off.  Simply put, it is a very damaged and sad sight to behold.  (above) Monroe's dress before the Met Gala

The cloth is torn and strained and many crystals had fallen off.  Simply put, it is a very damaged and sad sight to behold.  (above) Monroe's dress after the Met Gala

Before and after images of Monroe costume: The fabric is torn and strained and many crystals had fallen off. Simply put, it is a very damaged and sad sight to behold.

In the video of Kim initially trying on Marilyn’s dress, you can see museum workers applying pressure to Kim’s back with white gloves to stretch the fabric.

It didn’t fit easily. In fact, the dress didn’t fit her at all.

She was not able to zip up the dress and instead it was tied, which is why Kim was seen wearing a fur stole around her to cover her back which was left open.

Also in the video, the museum staff is seen giving Kim a lock of Marilyn’s hair, which she jokingly says that she is going to sleep together every night.

There’s something so weird about taking out a person’s pieces in exchange for social media clicks and clout.

By all accounts, Merlin was a sweet, gentle woman who was plagued by demons and used by powerful men.

The Kardashians are arguably the most famous family in America, but that doesn't give them the right to trample American history by getting likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter.

The Kardashians are arguably the most famous family in America, but that doesn’t give them the right to trample American history by getting likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter.

It occurs to me that in death, as she was in life, Merlin is being used and thrown – destroyed at the altar of our shallow culture.

In regards to the inheritance, Kim should pay for the repair of the dress in a gesture of goodwill.

I don’t know how fabric restoration works but I’m sure something can be done.

The Kardashians are arguably the most famous family in America, but that doesn’t give them the right to trample American history by getting likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter.

We are all better than this and Kim definitely needs to be smarter.

Our American past is sacred and I urge all of us to come back to treating us as such.