Sarasota Police Department
Are these innocent manifestations of joy through the end of the war or an unacceptable act of sexual aggression?
The context of the kiss contradicts the evolution of the emphasis on consent in the epoch #MeToo
On Tuesday, the city of Sarasota, Florida, announced the withdrawal of red graffiti #MeToo, written on the woman's leg in the statue "Unconditional Surrender."
A 26-foot structure hovering over the front of the city bay is based on a well-known photograph of a seaman embracing a woman on the Victoria Day, when Japan announced its unconditional surrender, actually completing the Second World War
The Sarasota Police Department said that found vandalism early on Tuesday. But without witnesses or surveillance personnel, they are asking for public assistance in detecting a suspect.
It was August 14, 1945, when the Times Square in New York City exploded in happy ambiance, and the photographer Alfred Eisenstadt was on a mission to capture the "moment of the story." He saw a sailor reach for a woman in white, tilt her back and put her mouth on her. Eisenstead received a shot that creates a fragment of Americana, which is now being studied under a new light.
The naval photojournalist Victor Jørgensen also captured a kiss on the other side, but his image was a bit overshadowed by Eisenstadt. Nevertheless, Tampa Bay Times reports that the statue maker in Sarasota, Seward Johnson, was, in fact, inspired by the image of Jorgensen.
Victor Jorgensen / AP through the US Navy
George Mendonce, who died on Sunday at age 95, has long said that he was a man in the photo. In the interview of 2005, he told the Library of Congress Veterans History Project that he had shot down several drinks and took an unknown woman into the "wild" scene in the streets.
Greta Zimmerm Friedman said that the woman was her, telling Project in a separate interview she left the office where she worked as a dental assistant when she felt she "clambered suddenly »
the choice to kiss, she recalls. "(I) t was not a romantic event. It was just an event thanking God that the war was over."
Friedman died in 2016, so she can not tell if she could identify her with assailants and persecution of sexually abusive people who are united today under #MeToo's hashtap in the global movement. Others also claimed that they were depicted in the image, and with a darkened face, and at that time no names were used, the identity issue remains somewhat dark.
But when the stories of Mendoza and Friedman were widely accepted, vandalism is causing mixed reactions in social networks, and some users applaud the message #MeToo and others standing behind the statue. Taking "for [women] against their will," said a Facebook user identified as Bonnie Gustov. "I loved this statue until I learned the story."
Brenda Ren repeated his feelings, asking the officials to "remove the statue." 19659008] "Young people just do not understand the abundance of the end of the Second World War," said Bernhard Moore. "This may be the most famous kiss in history. Sorry, your lens is so distorted at this moment." "It's just sad to see someone on that day, and the age has decided to intentionally harm it because it brings great pride to the community," Cloud said at ABC's Sarasota branch.
Facebook user Tracy Topjun pointed to the inevitability of two different ages and prospects of collision, placement, "I really think it makes this statue more beautiful and much more powerful.
In 2009, Jack Kerran, a Navy veteran, bought statues for 500 thousand dollars and gave it to Sarasota, provided that it will remain on display for a decade, the Sarasota Herald Tribune said.NPR said that the statue will remain there, where it is, by June 2020, when the property will move to a city from a nonprofit group, said that at this time it is not clear what will happen from Art At the next year.
In 2012, he had to be disassembled and sent to New Jersey for repair after a vehicle strike.