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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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