The “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street standing in the face of the famous “charging bull” was barely up for a few days before being defiled by some jerk in a suit.
Facebook user Alexis Kaloyanides captured the moment when a white male in a business suit gyrated his pelvis against the statue as his friends watched and laughed.
Kaloyanides posted the photo she snapped to Facebook and described the scene she witnessed in the caption. The image has since gone viral, garnering more than 29,000 shares and upwards of 23,000 reactions.
“Almost as if out of central casting, some Wall Street finance broseph appeared and started humping the statue while his gross date rape-y friends laughed and cheered him on,” Kaloyanides wrote in the caption. “He pretended to have sex with the image of a little girl,” she continued. “Douchebags like this are why we need feminism.”
The statue was erected by investment management firm State Street as a symbol of political art, The Huffington Post reports. The significance of the little girl staring down the large, angry bull reflects the need for more gender diversity in the male-dominated financial industry.
What was meant to empower women and girls quickly became fodder to fuel misogyny with this one lewd gesture.
“He was gone within 20 seconds, but it just ruined the mood of the scene,” Kaloyanides told Inside Edition. “There were people talking about empowering children and women and for then to have this 20-something showing his entitlement, defiling the statue ... it was utterly revolting.”
This overall lack of respect for women and gender equality is how America ended up with Donald Trump as its president, even after his reprehensible “locker room talk” and multiple accusations of sexual assault came to light.
“This is just further perpetuating a mentality of ‘boys will be boys,’ and that ‘it’s okay, it’s a joke, just brush it off,’” Kaloyanides said. “This young man likely has a mother, a sister perhaps, a girlfriend, a wife — who knows? I’m getting tired of making excuses and laughing it off. I for one am not gonna laugh it off anymore.”
The image Kaloyanides captured illustrates rape culture, and the fact that the unnamed man’s friends laughed and encouraged such vile behavior symbolizes America's nonchalant attitude toward it.
Anyone who isn’t at least the slightest bit put off by this image is part of the problem.
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