Skip to comments.CBS News Sides With ‘Fearless Girl’ In Wall Street Art ‘Face Off’
Posted on 04/19/2017 1:18:28 PM PDT by drewh
The media were thrilled when a statue of a defiant little girl was placed opposite Arturo Di Modicas famous Charging Bull on Wall Street. To the networks, it became a symbol, a sensation and female empowerment.
Symbols spoke volumes, NBC Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent Anne Thompson said of the statue facing down Wall Streets famous bull, on March 8.
The networks didnt seem to mind that Fearless Girl was really a clever corporate advertisement for SHE an exchange traded fund offered by State Street Global Advisors.
Fortune reported that until April 2, a plaque at the girls feet read Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference. The petite statue became a social media and tourist sensation, in spite of being a work of art paid for by State Street Global Advisors to coincide with International Womens Day. It was part of its campaign for more women to be on corporate boards, ADWeek reported.
The debut was around the same time the networks were promoting the Day Without a Woman protests against Donald Trump. CBS anchor Scott Pelley called her a pint-sized toreador before correspondent Alex Wagner claimed the statue was a tribute to the resilience of women and part of a movement thats grown since President Trumps inauguration.
Since the installation, CBS mentioned the statue in six morning or evening news stories, NBC in just three and ABC one, according to Nexis searches. CBS This Morning anchors gushed over the statue, talking about how much they loved it and siding with liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio when Charging Bulls creator complained and argued for relocating the new statue.
When the statue got an extension to remain in that space until 2018, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King was thrilled.
I love her, I think its great, King said.
On March 8, Wagner set the scene of female empowerment telling Evening News viewers, A young girl, head held high, hands firmly planted on her waist, stares down an icon of Wall Street, an arena long dominated by men. She is called Fearless Girl and she is taking a stand for womens equality by facing off with the Charging Bull. People young and old are flocking to her.
That perception and way of interpreting the new statue along with the existing sculpture is precisely what upset Arturo Di Modica, the creator of Charging Bull.
Di Modica was upset, not by the existence of Fearless Girl, but by the way it has appropriated and redefined his work of art. Charging Bull was created and installed after the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of American resilience and power, not only of Wall Street.
What they did, its a negative, Di Modica said. According to The Washington Post, he argued that it corrupted the integrity of his own art. I put it there for art ... My bull is a symbol for America. My bull is a symbol for prosperity and for strength.
But, the Post noted Contrasted with the soft, altruistic characteristics of the bronze girl, though, Charging Bull now appears menacing and aggressive.
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Di Modica is considering a lawsuit to try to get Fearless Girl moved elsewhere. His attorney Norman Siegel wrote, The statue of the young girl becomes the Fearless Girl only because of the Charging Bull: the work is incomplete without Mr. Di Modica's Charging Bull, and as such it constitutes a derivative work.
His legal chances are being debated and Fortune writer Jeff John Roberts claimed it isnt a good case. But the CBS reaction to Di Modicas concerns wasnt been favorable.
Mayor Bill De Blasio completely distorted the artists complaint on Twitter: Men who dont like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl and We wouldnt move the Charging Bull statue if it offended someone. The Fearless Girl is staying put.
Those tweets got snaps and calls to drop the mic! from This Morning co-hosts Alex Wagner and Norah ODonnell on April 13.
On March 18, This Morning downplayed Di Modicas downplayed argument as Charlie Rose and Gayle King insisted there was a place for both sculptures. Norah ODonnell chimed in saying, We can all agree that we need more girls on Wall Street.
In contrast to CBS news personalities who were obviously on the side of Fearless Girl, NBCs coverage of the controversy was generally balanced. Today anchor Matt Lauer said Fearless Girl absolutely changes the meaning of his statue, because she looks like shes standing up to something menacing. Still he and others on Today didnt think Di Modica had a legal case to challenge the new sculpture.
ABC never reported the controversy and had only mentioned the spunky statue of the girl on March 8, as a lead in to its brief about womens protests on World News.
Methodology: MRC Business searched Nexis transcripts of ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows for reports containing the names of each sculpture as well as statue and girl to find all the coverage between March 7 and April 17.
Place “Pissing Boy” in front of her.
Maybe that girl is so dense she doesn’t recognize danger when it’s staring her in the face....just sayin.
A dog humping her leg would be fitting.
Or the artist of the Charging Bull should rotate it 180 degrees so that Fearless Girl gets a full view of the bull's balls. And thus makes her of no consequence.
No kidding. This is one of the stupidest things I have seen, in an Internet full of stupid things.
At least Gronkowski crashing the press conference was funny.
This is all a bunch of angry liberals trying to make a useless and irrelevant point off of something stupid.
“Fearless Girl”. Really.
I see a photoshop in my future!
The bull’s artist still owns the statue. He can remove it if he wishes.............
So, it’s OK if I put a statue of a cowering Obama in front of the Chicago Picasso statue?
“One of those is not like the other...”
Is it brave or stupid for a 60 pound little girl to face down a 1,600 pound bull ready to charge?
LOL!...............get any inspiration?..............
“Fearless Girl” represents the same kind of juvenile feminist fantasizing that led “Moldylocks” to her recent brush with reality.
In farm country, “Fearless Girl” is better known as “Kid About to be Trampled”.
I think more closely resembles the stupidity of Rachel Corrie trying to face down a bulldozer.
Ask Rachel Corrie!