So, in response to this BuzzFeed article, comparing the degradation of societal morals or what-the-fuck-ever is supposed to be represented in the comparison/contrast between the Kissing Sailor photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt and an image of Miley Cyrus provocatively moving about on stage with Jason Seaver’s son, a commenter from Manchester linked to this Huffington Post article. In the article, Brogan Driscoll examines the fact that the woman in the photo has made clear, since 2005, that she was not happy with the photograph, as she was essentially manhandled into a kiss by a returning sailor, and that the image of her non-consensual liplock has been given such national, patriotic prominence. 

 

There’s really no reason anyone should not be aware of the truth behind this image, at this point, but some people are still ignorant, and they often roll downhill to BuzzFeed. It happens. 

But! But! When this English woman decided to point out that the article was using this image in a way that belied its actual meaning, suddenly, two commenters, Jeff Hext and Brian Self, leapt on her back for daring to bring up the context of the photo. 

Jeff Hext: 

Yes, an iconic photo from V-Day (from the era when America basically saved your English asses from speaking German right now, thank you very much) is a sexual assault. Way to go, Becca, way to go. Just like a liberal to take a photo that encapsulates at the time a feeling of happiness and national pride, and make it a womens rights issue.

Brian Self: 

hey Becca, Go watch a man hating Lifetime movie you bitch

Because, as you well know, all things historical and patriotic are inherently above discussion of their historical, social, political, sexual, and sociosexual content. A photograph of an assault can be so “iconic” that it rises above discussion. I just—I can’t even. 

I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. 

Also, nice level of discourse, there, boys.