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#MeToo Graffiti Cleaned by Sarasota V-J Day Kissing Statue: NPR



#MeToo graffiti were found scratched on the leg of the woman who kisses in the statue of Sarasota "Unconditional surrender".

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#MeToo graffiti were found scratched on the leg of the woman who kissed in the statue of Sarasota "Unconditional surrender".

Police station in Sarasota

Is this an innocent expression of joy for the end of the war or an unacceptable act of sexual aggression?

The Context of a Kiss Faces A Growing Focus on Consent in the Age of #MeToo

On Tuesday, the city of Sarasota, Florida, has announced that it has removed the red #MeToo graffiti sculptured on the woman's leg in the statue "Unconditional surrender ".

The 26-meter structure hovering over the city's bay front is based on a picture of a sailor embraced by a woman on VJ's Day when Japan declared its unconditional surrender, effectively ending World War II.

The Sarasota Police Department , that he discovered vandalism early on Tuesday. But without witnesses or supervising cadres, they want the public's help to identify a suspect.


It was August 14, 1945, when Times Square in New York exploded in happy noise and Alfred Eisenstadt was on a mission to capture the "story of storytelling." He saw a sailor arrive at a woman in white, incline her and bow her mouth over hers. Eisenhower received the picture, creating a piece of the American, which is currently being seen in a new light

Maritime photojournalist Viktor Jorgensen also seized the kiss from a different angle, but his image was somewhat overshadowed by Eisendsted. However, Tampa Bay Times reports that the creator of the Sarasota statue, Seward Johnson, was actually inspired by Jorgensen's image. the end of World War II at Times Square in New York in 1945.

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Navy photojournalist Viktor Jorgensen broke this less known version of a sailor embracing a woman in the World War II celebration at Times Square in New York in 1945

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George Mendonsa, who died Sunday at the age of 95, has long said he is the person in the picture. In an interview in 2005, he told the Historical Project of the Congressional Library Congress Veterans that he had taken several drinks and, against the background of the "wild" scene in the streets, lifted the unknown woman into his hands. [19659908] Greta Zimmer Friedman said the woman was hers, telling her about the project in a separate interview she left the office where she worked as a dental assistant when she felt she was "catching up suddenly." the choice to be kissed, she remembered. "(I) was not a romantic event, just a thank-you event that the war is over." assault and harassment uniting today under the #MeToo hashtag in a world movement. Others also claim to be the ones presented in the picture, and the faces are hidden and there are no names to be taken at that time, the question of identity remains somewhat grim.

But with Mendonsa and Friedman's tales that are widely accepted, vandalism causes a mixed reaction in social media, with some users applauding #MeToo and others behind the statue.

"Stop glorifying" as "against [women] against their will," said a Facebook user identified as Bonnie Gustov. "I loved this statue until I learned the story."

Brenda Rehn repeats the mood of employees to "remove the statue."

But others say the statue captures a moment in American history, worthy of honor. 19659008] "Young people simply do not understand the abundance of the end of World War II," said Bernhard Moore. "This may be the most famous kiss in history, I'm sorry your lens is so distorted at this point."

John Cloud, who owns the Sarasota company, Gorilla Klein, said he was prompted to act after seeing the news of vandalism. "It's just sad to see someone on this day and age choose to deliberately hurt something that brings great pride to the community," Cloud told an affiliate of ABC's Sarasota. He said his company had removed the spray paint free of charge. In 2009, Jack Cjuran, a fleet veteran, bought the statue for $ 500,000 and donated it to Sarasota, provided it remains on display for a decade, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.

Jason Bartholome, a spokesman for Sarasota, told NPR that the statue will remain where it is until June 2020, when the property will be transferred to the city by a non-profit group, and said it is currently unclear what happened to the statue next year.

for the first time the statue suffered damage.In 2012 it was supposed to be dismantled and sent to New Jersey for repair after being hit by a vehicle
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