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Crime scene at the crime scene
The past is perpetually present in Sarasota in the debasing defacement of Greta Zimmer Friedman’s lifeless figure. It is high past time to stop trying to whitewash history, and put the fairy tale of the tall, dark, and handsome “kissing sailor” to bed. We CANNOT continue to intentionally perpetuate a Big Lie in order to preserve false memories and the myths we tell ourselves about ourselves.
For over a decade, Sarasota has been actively harming people who have suffered sexual violence in the present, and sending mixed messages about consent into the future, in order to avoid admitting all-to-human error, and salvage the tainted tribute which serves as a trophy of the class war waged on Sarasota’s art community.
The fake-nostalgia crowd has come up with endless ways to excuse the inexcusable, and elide the fact that a piece of interactive assault art was accidentally foisted on this city. Despite the good intentions of those who secured it, the work is baked through with confusing and contradictory signals—from its cheerful color scheme, to its aggrandizing size, to its less-than-forthcoming signage.
To try and perpetuate this untenable state of denial, politicians engaging in cosplay issue commands to “stifle” so that they may continue to celebrate a mistaken symbol of what makes America great, in the person of a heroically-depicted, romantic, heterosexual White Christian male conquering all.
Greta forgave George...
So why should you care?
No Blast from a hose can tidy up truth
The Fuller History of Humankind is Rarely Shipshape
Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
1948 speech to the British Parliament
In 1945, this was the defining image that best showed all was right with America. In 2019, some now see this same image as showing all that is wrong with America.— Wicked Local
Living in the Shadow of a Brobdingnagian Blunder
The forcible kiss…the beautiful photograph of it…and Seward Johnson’s stolen statue are 3 different things, experienced by different people at different times.
Johnson WANTED to have people drawn into the fictionalized past. He believed
the power of 3-D lies in putting people into the pictures they admire.
According to Johnson,
Art has its own message for each viewer and it must be viscerally received to have it be powerful.
Here is how one local veteran “viscerally receives” Johnson’s misunderstood marauding monument and supersized sexual conquest cartoon…