Stop with #MeToo When a Statue is Beautiful and Historical

Stop with #MeToo When a Statue is Beautiful and Historical

The liberals love nothing more than to strip every city of its history. And now, they’re coming for a monument in Sarasota, Florida that celebrates the World War II victory over Japan. The statue in question is known as “the Kiss” and depicts the iconic photograph that was snapped in Times Square in August of 1945.

The photo is one of the most famous – a sailor grabbed a dental assistant walking by and kissed her like there was no tomorrow. The Navy sailor was George Mendonsa and the dental assistant was Greta Zimmer Friedman.

While a 2005 interview as part of a Veterans History Project resulted in Friedman saying it wasn’t her choice to be kissed nor was it romantic, it also wasn’t harassment. Friedman said, “It was just somebody really celebrating.”

It was over 70 years ago. The sailor got caught up in the moment and Friedman was happy to go along with it. A photographer came along at the right moment and captured it. It’s a friendly, heartwarming photo that depicts the victory – and the sculpture that sits at Bayshore Park helps the moment live on.

The Kiss Statue is called “Unconditional Surrender.” In 2019, a few years after Friedman’s death, vandals chose to spray paint #MeToo on the woman’s leg. Uncalled for, especially since it wasn’t harassment. At no point did the woman say that it was considered forced on her – and with her death in 2016, it’s no longer possible to ask her.

City leaders have talked about moving the sculpture to another site. There are some residents who would like to see it removed entirely – those who likely agree with the use of red spray paint for the #MeToo.

Vern Buchanan, a Republican congressman from Florida, has been urging the city officials to keep it right where it is. As Buchanan explains, it’s a way to commemorate the celebration of the end of World War II and that the “representation of that moment more than 75 years ago reminds us of an important time in our country’s history and honors the ‘Greatest Generation’ who served and sacrificed.”

The statue is a popular landmark and many within the community want to see it stay right where it is. Buchanan wrote a letter to the city leaders with a request to keep it, citing that he has spoken with veterans about the statue and that many enjoy seeing it as they drive by. Sarasota has a large population of military veterans, so their vote should count – and Buchanan explains that his online survey of area residents identified that 80 percent support keeping it in place. He signs the letter with a final plea, “I again urge you to listen to the overwhelming majority of our community who want the statue to remain on the Bayfront.”

Now, it’s all about the waiting game. One congressman’s plea isn’t going to be enough to keep the statue in place. Instead, it’s up to the city’s leaders to consider what the people really want. Will they treat this as a real democracy and listen to what the majority of people want or are they going to act like spoiled liberals and listen to the ones with cans of red spray paint in their hands?

Too many statues holding historical significance have been torn down or destroyed in recent months because city leaders want to listen to the loudest few. Since when has it been that the smallest percentage gets their way? Why? Just because they’re louder than the majority?

The Dems are going to do what they want – and it seems like that means ignoring the pleas of those who want to hold onto a bit of history.

One person may not like the statue, but the woman depicted in the kiss certainly wasn’t against it. It may not have been the most romantic moment of her life, but it was historical – and it should stay right where it is.


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