The Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan was vandalized on Sunday by a Trump-supporting “Karen” dressed up as the Statue of Liberty.
New York City police state that Juliet Germanotta sullied the mural with pink paint. This event already marks the third instance that Germanotta has vandalized the mural.
In the video, Germanotta rolled onto the mural in a cart, tossed the pink paint, and writhed around the ground to spread the color over the large yellow letters. She also shrieked "Freedom" from under her black "Keep America Great" mask. She did not describe freedom from a specific entity.
Germanotta, 39, was arrested initially in July with a group that allegedly splattered blue paint onto the mural, and was arrested a second time in early August.
The mural, like many of the others painted across the country, has been repeatedly vandalized. President Donald Trump denigrated the mural's existence and meaning. Mayor Bill de Blasio directly supported the painting of the mural.
"Painting 'Black Lives Matter' outside his home is a message to him that in fact Black lives do matter, that Black people built New York City and they've never been compensated for all they did," de Blasio said.
The irony of Lady Liberty bathed in a blood-like color and substance and opposing Black Lives Matter was not lost on the Twitterverse.
@MakotoGoingNuts tweeted, "Bit fucked she decided to wear a lady liberty costume to deface a BLM mural, huh? Kinda like saying BLM and America are opposing forces."
"There's so much unintentionally accurate subtext in this video," @takathekitty remarked. "a MAGAt on their hands and knees before BLM, at the literal hands of a MAGAt, Lady Liberty murdered and dripping in blood, the symbol of Freedom arrested and locked up by the police."
@caranatar wrote: "Red paint is... typically a signifier for blood, right? Like could you be more on the nose than Lady Liberty covered in blood, decrying BLM as the antithesis of America?"
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