25 April 2013

Oscar Wilde's relatives want you to stop doing this

Whoever originated the tradition of kissing Oscar Wilde's tomb in Paris probably didn't have their hair shat on by a bird at Pere Lachaise like I did. (So glamorous.) But descendants of the famous rogue, along with the Irish Cultural Institute in Paris, have cleaned off the tomb of its famous kiss marks and walled it off with glass to prevent further damage by the thousands of visitors it gets every year. (Wilde died in Paris of meningitis, totally broke; friends paid for his burial there.) 

One of the descendants told the New York Times they want to urge devotees to "Try to behave sensibly," indicating that they really didn't understand Grandpa Oscar at all.

Photo: Metimemo

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