Last month, we talked about the Fearless Girl statue. Fearless Girl was placed on Wall Street, right in front of the famous bronze bull statue. Fearless Girl was a stunt thought up by McCann, an advertising agency, in honor of International Women’s Day. The statue was supposed to only last a few weeks, I think, but Fearless Girl became very popular and now a lot of people want her to stay. Mayor De Blasio is a huge fan, and he also wants Fearless Girl to stay. Everyone had all of their paperwork and Fearless Girl was absolutely going to stay until February 2018, at which time the issue will be revisited. Even if it means drunken Wall Street frat bros drunkenly “hump” the statue for the next year.
So, that’s where we were. Most people wanted Fearless Girl to stay. But one brave Brosef is willing to be the bad guy. That Brosef? Arturo Di Modica, the artist who made the Charging Bull statue. Fearless Girl is defiantly standing in front of Charging Bull and now Di Modica is threatening a lawsuit. Ugh.
The sculptor of Wall Street’s iconic “Charging Bull” statue says New York City has violated his legal rights with the placement of “Fearless Girl,” a statue of a young girl that has been staring down his creation since International Women’s Day on March 8. Artist Arturo Di Modica and his lawyers argued at a press conference in New York City on Wednesday that the placement of the statue was copyright infringement and distorted the meaning of his sculpture.
Di Modica at times became emotional during a press conference, and said the bull’s message was supposed to be “freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love.”
“In our opinion, a deliberate choice was made to exploit and to appropriate the ‘Charging Bull’ through the placement of ‘Fearless Girl,’” attorney Norman Siegel said at the press conference. Siegel said they believed the artist’s rights had been violated as a result of placing the statue of the girl “directly across from the ‘Charging Bull,’” without Di Modica’s permission.
Nope. Just… nope. He has no f–king case. No one did anything to the Charging Bull. Fearless Girl was just placed in the Bull’s sight line and that doesn’t infringe on any copyright or anything. This actually angers me that Arturo Di Modica is THIS offended. By a statue of a girl. A girl disrupting his ode to testosterone, bull markets and coked-up bros. Here are some of the best Twitter hot-takes on this situation:
Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl. https://t.co/D2OZl4ituJ
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 12, 2017
1987: Di Modica installs Charging Bull in the dead of night w/o permit
2017: is mad bc Fearless Girl infringes on his artists' rights wtf
— emma (@emma_ranae) April 12, 2017
— Warpaint Women (@WarpaintWomen) April 12, 2017
Fearless Girl statue needs to be permanent and the anger it's causing means it's working
— MrBrandonv (@MrBrandonv) April 12, 2017
Dear pompous asshat,
The Fearless Girl statue is the BEST thing that could have ever happened to keep your tired statue relevant. #Resist
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) April 12, 2017
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