Patriarchal, capitalist forces are clamping down on ‘Fearless Girl’, with her ‘owners’ State Street Global Advisors saying that Fearless cannot go worldwide, unless she flies the State Street banner. A New York federal judge issued a preliminary injunction this week, barring ‘Fearless Girl’s’ birth mother and creator, artist Kristen Visbal, from duplicating her likeness in any way.
The problem is that countries and their governments worldwide want their own ‘Fearless Girl’. She is a unifying, American vision, but her ‘owners’ State Street Global Advisors say “No Way. ‘Fearless Girl is our property.”
Simply stated, yet another female has become an unwilling advocate for big-money capitalism and the boys club. ‘Fearless Girl’s’ debut on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017 inspired us beyond words. The small bronze goddess arrived in the dead of night, originally installed at Bowling Green in another legal battle with ‘Charging Bull’.
A Progressive, Pint-Size Heroine
.There’s no doubt that women, in particular, were looking for our own Joan of Arc to take on Trump. Suddenly, there she was — ‘Fearless Girl’ as our hope for restoring the real American dream — and she was facing down Charging Bull as the symbol of unfettered capitalism. Fearless Girl was supergirl, our heroine who would stop the entire Trump crowd and their thirsty desire to enrich the 1% with a trillion dollar tax cut that two years later delivered nothing except a huge increase in the US deficit.
While the Trump crowd licked their greedy chops at Mar-A-Lago, ‘Fearless Girl’ would fly atop the Statue of Liberty, climbing into her torch to send a thunderbolt of justice into Trump’s intentions of closing America’s borders to people of color from s##thole countries.
Fearless would add new and improved 21st century, eco-friendly light to her SOL’s torch, illuminating the hate and bigotry of white nationalism unleashed by Trump’s roaring, God-loving crowd screaming “Lock Her Up, Lock Her Up.” ‘Fearless Girl’ gave hope that every detail of Trump’s American nightmare didn’t have to play out before our tearful eyes. Somehow, this pint-sized, David against Goliath girl would bring Trump’s patriarchal posse to a halt.
OK, So She Was Shilling
‘Fearless Girl’ was shilling for State Street from day one, but women loved her anyway. There was no sign on her back, and we were still totally stirred up from the massive, worldwide Women’s Marches on January 21, 2017, the day after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
‘Fearless Girl’ was a great symbol of our resistance. Now two-years later, her owners State Street Global Advisors say that the artistic mind that envisoned her, and then created her Kristen Visbal is powerless. ‘Fearless Girl’ is a prisoner in the clutches of unfettered capitalism and Wall Street. Perhaps she should just be smashed to bits, to show young girls what happens to you in 21st century America, when you try to dream big for the little people.
In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s defeat and the ascendancy of Donald Trump, Fearless Girl inspired millions of people — and especially young girls worldwide — with a NIKE-esque ‘Just Do It’ attitude. Do we force her into a life of prostitution for the man? Is ‘Fearless Girl’ destined to be the ultimate symbol of patriarchal, capitalist power, built on the backs of females worldwide?
NIKE MUST FREE ‘FEARLESS GIRL’
There is only one brand that can solve this ‘Fearless Girl’ problem, taking her worldwide as a true symbol of progressive values. That is NIKE, led by Serena Williams, and this duo must launch a campaign to free ‘Fearless Girl’ from the clutches of Wall Street. This will be costly because State Street Global Advisors will say there is no price on ‘Fearless Girl’s’ back.
As the great Parkland activist Emma Gonzalez would say: ‘We call BS!’ In Wall Street, there is ALWAYS a price, and NIKE can pay it, while we little people expose State Street Global Advisors imprisonment of ‘Fearless Girl’ worldwide destiny. Let’s turn this cute girl’s story on its head. .
I don’t have all the details worked out in my mind, but NIKE must give Fearless more latitude. She should be part of a foundation or nonprofit. She can’t be a capitalist shill for State Street Global Advisors and then she becomes a shill for NIKE.
NIKE has the inner corporate fortitude to understand what I’m sayin’. Look at their backing of Colin Kaepernick. Help us NIKE. ~ Anne