This was a fascinating read. I had no idea the Charging Bull statue was an uncommissioned guerrilla artwork. I always assumed an investment firm or trade group had commissioned it, but the New York Stock Exchange actually had the New York Police Department impound the statute when it first appeared outside their building. I also didn’t know the Fearless Girl statue was commissioned by an investment firm as a bit of guerrilla marketing. But I can understand why Charging Bull’s artist doesn’t like Fearless Girl: it changes his symbol of power and strength into a symbol of oppression, all to sell somebody’s stock portfolio. I also find it ironic that the company behind Fearless Girl would turn a symbol of “strength in the market” into a symbol of oppression when the product they sell their clients is strength in the market. Maybe a more apt placement would be to put the Fearless Girl next to the bull, facing in the same direction, as though she was directing the Charging Bull. That would probably square better with what State Street Global is selling, and it would return Charging Bull to a symbol of strength, not oppression.

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I got metaphorically spanked a couple of days ago. Folks have been talking about the Fearless Girl statue ever since it was dropped in Manhattan’s Financial District some five weeks ago.I have occasionally added a comment or two to some of the online discussions about the statue.

Recently most of the Fearless Girldiscussions have focused on the complaints by Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who createdCharging Bull. He wantsFearless Girl removed, and that boy is taking a metric ton of shit for saying that. Here’s what I said that got me spanked:

The guy has a point.

This happened in maybe three different discussions over the last week or so. In each case I explained briefly why I believe Di Modica has a point (and I’ll explain it again in a bit), and for the most part folks either accepted my comments or ignored them. Which…

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