Statue of kissing VJ Day sailor vandalized a day after his death

How miserable must your life be to vandalize a statue dedicated to a beautiful, iconic moment?

From NY Post: A day after the sailor seen kissing a woman in a nurse’s uniform in an iconic photo snapped in Times Square died at age 95, a statue in Florida commemorating the couple was vandalized with a “#MeToo” painted in red.

Police responded early Tuesday to someone vandalizing the “Unconditional Surrender” statue in Sarasota, where they found the hashtag about sexual assault and harassment painted on the woman’s left leg, according to the Herald-Tribune.

After searching the area, officers did not find other objects that were defaced or any spray paint bottles. There also was no surveillance video of the incident.

“The approximate damage is estimated to be more than $1,000 due to the large area that the graffiti covers, and the resources needed to repair it,” police said.
The city’s Department of Public works washed off the graffiti by 9 a.m., police said.

George Mendonsa, the jubilant sailor shown kissing white-clad dental assistant Greta Zimmer Friedman at the “Crossroads of the World” on Aug. 14, 1945, died Monday at the age of 95. Friedman died in 2016 at age 92.
Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the US.

The indelible image by Alfred Eisenstaedt became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century.

“It was the moment that you come back from the Pacific, and finally the war ends,” Mendonsa told CBS News in 2012.
Some view the smooch as a celebration, but others consider the act a sexual assault by modern standards.

“Unconditional Surrender” was created by Seward Johnson, who was inspired by a lesser-known photograph by Navy photographer Victor Jorgensen, of the same scene captured by Eisenstaedt.


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Statue of kissing VJ Day sailor vandalized a day after his death
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Dr. Eowyn

These #MeToo SJWs (“social justice warriors”) must really have miserable, bitter lives. Must suck to be them.

Steven Broiles

Eisenstadt was one of the 20th Century’s most important photographers, and this iconic photo really captured the feeling of the moment, so I’ve been told. I also remember the teachers of the Catholic school I was going to in the early 60’s that the two lovebirds did not know each other. They had a little bruhaha over that in which, actually, they had a point. (At least it was a straight couple!) America has had a tremendous and great iconic past shown in photography that may never happen again. Nowadays everyone can be a photographer with his cell phone. But… Read more »


Where was Gloria Allred when she was needed? Oh, that was at a time when our entire nation was in a brutal four year world war with separation of loved ones followed by a time of great gladness, especially when a victorious warrior meets a grateful woman committed to saving American lives throughout the conflict. What a different world! Who would not want America to become great again? By the way, WW II played a great part in beginning the end to segregation.


What a travesty!!!


This is why I refuse to teach U.S. history anymore in our public schools at any level…middle school, HS, or college, for which I am qualified. You can’t teach history to kids who grew up WITHOUT IT….THEY SHOULD have been taught the history of their nation EVERY year from K-12 in public schools, instead of a puny efforts of grades 4, 8, and 11. ……This sets them up to be not just totally ignorant of their own history (and esp if you are a recent immigrant to this country as a child….) but ignorant of our founding documents, our system… Read more »