Statue standoff needs reversal of fortune

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Many of you have read about the “Fearless Girl” vs. “Charging Bull” statute controversy in lower Manhattan. Back on March 7, in honor of International Women’s Day, investment managing company State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) erected a statue a few feet from the iconic “Charging Bull” near the New York Stock Exchange.

“Fearless Girl’ with her head held high, hands on her hips, seems to be defiantly staring down “Charging Bull.” To the purists who loved the solitary icon of the Bull statue, it was sacrilege. To the progressives, it symbolized girl power vs. Wall Street. To State Street Global Advisors, it (publicity) was priceless.

The statue was to stand for a week but has now been “greenlighted” by Mayor Bill de Blasio at least until December. A few days after the statue was installed, a couple of revelers out on the town were caught making lewd gestures in front of “Fearless Girl” in a photograph that went viral. The New York Post, NY Daily News, Mayor de Blasio, public advocate Tish James and so many others have opined about it. Even lawsuits by the “Charging Bulls” creator have been threatened. This controversy has only just begun and is not going away.

I harbor no illusion that disparate groups — such as progressives, capitalists, feminists, conservatives and politicians — on their own could ever come together to settle the Fearless Girl vs. Charging Bull controversy. So what to do about it?

Viewing and enjoying both statues, I felt compelled to come up with a solution that I believe everyone could support. I am asking the mayor and others who will decide its fate to come together and embrace my solution.

The “Fearless Girl” controversy, with her hands on her hips, eye-to-eye with and defiantly staring down Wall Street’s iconic “Charging Bull” can easily be resolved by simply reversing her stance. Instead of facing “Charging Bull,” turn her around so that she still stands in front, but now faces anyone who seeks to do “Charging Bull” harm. No longer seen as “Charging Bull’s” enemy, “Fearless Girl” would now become “Charging Bull’s” protector.

“Charging Bull” has always represented a strong bull market, surging economy and resilient America. “Fearless Girl” should stand as a guardian to those values! By keeping her in the exact spot that she now stands, but simply turning her around, I believe everyone could rejoice in both statues and the values and the synergy they represent.

Posted 4:17 pm, April 6, 2017
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Reader feedback

Fred from Bellerose says:
OK what does Bob Friedrich knows about women?
He is not married. No girlfriend. No women likes him.
April 7, 2017, 5:36 pm
Julie from Glen Oaks says:
OK here is the truth.
Bob hires women so he can control them as his slaves. Anyone living where Bob is just plain disaster. I wouldn't be surprised if he was charged with sexual harassment but they won't come forward. Unlike Bob, they have families with children.
April 7, 2017, 11:06 pm
Kate from Glen Oaks says:
Bob Friedrich has no idea what its like growing up. He is not a real man. A bully and among other things I can't describe here cause it will make people sick. Everyone hates him.
April 9, 2017, 10:10 am
sandra d from glen oaks says:
Simple, inclusive solution.
Good idea.
April 16, 2017, 9:08 pm
Justin from Glen Oaks says:
Hi Sandra Dravis, its Justin. How do you like being on the board so far enjoying freebies appointed by Bob!
April 18, 2017, 9:14 am
Connie from Glen Oaks says:
Glen Oaks is the worst place to live. I had been robbed twice and now lives in Florida. I am glad I moved.
April 22, 2017, 10:56 am

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