Statue Of US Sailor Kissing Nurse Vandalised With '#MeToo'

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Police in Sarasota say someone spray-painted the hashtag #MeToo in red up one of the nurse's legs on the statue overnight, WTSP-TV reported.

Officers noticed the vandalism just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Recent reactions to the photo differ since it was revealed Navy sailor George Mendonsa did not know Greta Zimmer Friedman when he grabbed her and kissed her in New York City's Times Square on August 14, 1945, during V-J Day celebrations, when Japan surrendered to the United States, ending the war. There also was no surveillance video of the incident.

The "Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota was vandalized on Tuesday morning, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

"The red lettering covered the length of the nurse's leg".

It came just two days after the sailor at the centre of the famous image used to develop the piece, George Mendonsa, died, aged 95.

Police searched the area but found no spray paint bottles nor any other items vandalized.

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Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Sarasota Police Department Patrol Division at 941-954-7025.

Mendonsa's daughter, Sharon Molleu, told the Providence Journal that her father fell and had a seizure early on February 17th at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years.

In the decades after the image was taken, 11 men and three women came forward claiming to be the photo's subjects, but Friedman was "most likely" the woman in the image, according to The New York Times.

Friedman - who was a dental assistant, not a nurse - had left her office to see the news about V-J Day, she told the Veterans History Project in 2005. She added, "It was just somebody really celebrating". "I believe if that girl did not have a nurse's uniform on, that I never would have grabbed her".

"I saw what those nurses did [and] the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse", Mendonsa said.

In 2014, an article in Time magazine said many people viewed the photo "as little more than the documentation of a very public sexual assault, and not something to be celebrated".

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