A photo of a man pretending to hump the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street has gone viral.
The unidentified man, dressed in a navy blue suit and tie, has been slammed on social media after he was pictured with the statue, which was erected just two days prior and is meant to symbolise the power of women in the workplace.
The shot was shared on Instagram by architectural designer Alexis Kaloyanides, who wrote alongside it: “Almost as if out of central casting, some Wall Street finance broseph appeared and started humping the statue while his gross date rape-y friends laughed and cheered him on.”
She continued: “He pretended to have sex with the image of a little girl. Douchebags like this are why we need feminism.”
Underneath the post, one commented: “This makes me sick to my stomach – it’s that potent combination of disgust and rage. What a world.”
A second wrote: “This sort of behaviour is excused and encouraged constantly. It’s why I left one of my last jobs.”
Alexis added to Inside Edition: “He was gone within 20 seconds, but it just ruined the mood of the scene. There were people there talking about empowering children and women and for then to have this 20-something showing his entitlement, defiling the statute… it was utterly revolting.
“This is just further perpetuating a mentality of ‘boys will be boys,’ and that ‘it’s okay, it’s a joke, just brush it off…’ This young man likely has a mother, a sister perhaps, a girlfriend, a wife — who knows? I’m getting tired of making excuses and laughing it off. I for one am not gonna laugh it off anymore.”
Underneath the statue, put up by asset management firm State Street Global Advisors group by the Wall Street bull in downtown Manhattan in a bid to increase gender diversity in the workplace, it reads: “Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference.”