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Famous Statue of WWII Kiss Vandalized After Sailor’s Death With #MeToo Graffiti

The 25 ft. tall statue “Unconditional Surrender” depicting a US sailor famously photographed kissing a nurse at the end of World War II was vandalized a day after the sailors death with graffiti reading “#MeToo”.

For many the image of George Mendonsa kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman represents the joy and exhilaration felt across the United States on the day Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

But some in the #MeToo movement have stated that both the photo and the statue depicts an act of sexual assault, given the fact Mr Mendonsa did not have Ms Friedman’s consent to kiss her.

Greta Zimmer Friedman said before her death that it wasn’t her choice to be kissed and that Mr Mendonsa “grabbed” her.

However, she made it clear the kiss was a “jubilant act” and “it was just an event of ‘thank god the war is over'” during one of the United States most terrible times in history.

Police estimate the cost of the damage to be well over $1,000 due to the large area that the graffiti covers

The City of Sarasota confirmed the graffiti was removed on Tuesday morning. .

There is no word if the police have any leads on who the vandalized the statue.

George Mendonsa passed away Sunday at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife.

He was 96 years old.

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2 thoughts on “Famous Statue of WWII Kiss Vandalized After Sailor’s Death With #MeToo Graffiti”

  1. So, according to the hard left feminists if we don’t like a piece of public art or statutes we should feel entitled to break the law and vandalize them. So I should not be offended if some religious nutcase vandalizes public art memoralizing Harvey Milk or some bigot vandalizing a statute of MLK.

  2. I think that there are better ways to acknowledge that the impromptu kiss during a jubilant celebration was uninvited than equating it with sexual assault. In that case every man, woman and child who was ever kissed at any New Years Eve party has been sexually assaulted. Most of the times a cigar is just a cigar.

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