This photo featured in the article, “Man identified as kissing sailor in WWII Times Square photo dies at 95,” needs to be reframed to fit the facts.
It was not an example of a couple reuiniting. It was a sexual assault.
A 2015 CNN article quoted the sailor, Mendonsa:
So we get into Times Square and the war ends and I see the nurse. . . I had a few drinks, and it was just plain instinct, I guess. I just grabbed her.
It was interesting: I posted this on my own page and got some pushback, mostly from otherwise progressive-minded people who think it’s perfectly normal for drunken people to grab a stranger and kiss them.
How big a difference is there between grabbing a stranger and kissing them and “they let you do anything…grab ’em by the p…”? Although, I’ve noticed that some people will even claim the latter is an example of consent.
Editor’s note: The featured photo for this post is of the statue “Unconditional Surrender” in Tuna Harbor Park. Recently, someone spray-painted the words “#MeToo” onto the statue. The following news video clip is related:
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