I kept thinking about why Lohan posing as Marilyn bothered me to the degree it did/does. I think the main reason is as Glam Girl Miss Halfway said in the comments: "I don't think a true diehard fan would try to recreate the shoot. Only Marilyn could do it, and no one can copy how she did it."
Exactly. If it had been a shoot "inspired by", I would have just thought, "poor deludenoid," but I wouldn't have been so shaken and repulsed. What that shoot did was ape, steal, and sully.
It is entirely different to do a shoot inspired by something, evoking the original, but not an outright mimic. Then, the new work of art stands on its own two feet and, by giving a nod to the original inspiration, elevates it, instead of dragging it down.
The current ad campaign for DREAMING, the new Tommy Hilfiger perfume, does just that. It too, is obviously inspired by the same Bert Stern "Last Sitting" of Marilyn Monroe, but the ads don't ape, they don't copy. They create something new and beautiful, giving graceful respect to the work that went before. These are photos that do Marilyn proud, instead of cheapening her memory:
Hilfiger ads scanned in from March 2008 Glamour