A new, bronzed statue of a defiant little girl that was installed last week directly in front of the well-known bull statue on New York City’s Wall Street has become the subject of a photo that’s gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
An article in the Daily Mail reported, “A disgusting photo of a ‘douchebag’ humping Fearless Girl, a statue meant to symbolize the power of women, went viral just days after millions celebrated and honored women on International Women’s Day.”
The photo was taken when the man is seen pretending to hump the brave-bronzed-girl statue that was installed on Tuesday.
Alexis Kaloyanides was among a group of people admiring the new statue when a group of men showed up and changed the mood on Thursday night.
“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 of the photo, which she posted on Facebook. “He pretended to have sex with the image of a little girl. Douchebags like this are why we need feminism.”
According to Kaloyanides, the man his friends were “acting lewd and entitled. We all shouted at him to get lost, check his privilege, etc.”
State Street Global, a $2.5 trillion asset manager, commissioned the Fearless Girl statue as part of the company’s new campaign launched to introduce gender diversity into Wall Street’s “traditionally male environment.”
Lori Heinel, State Street Global’s deputy global chief investment officer, told reporters that her company wants businesses to start hiring more women.
“One of the most iconic images on Wall Street is the charging bull,” Heinel explained, “so the idea of having a female, sort of, stand against the bull or stand up to the bull just struck us as a very clever, but also creative and engaging way to make that statement.”
“Wall Street is a traditionally male environment,” noted the statue’s artist, Kristen Visbal, “and it says, ‘Hey, we’re here!’ To me, it says a woman can be delicate and petite, but strong.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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