If anyone came between Fay Ray and King Kong, it would have been curtains for the Empire State Building. Maybe we need to bring him in to finish the building off. It’s not the iconic symbol it once was.
The Empire State Building was lit up in celebration of the Muslim “holiday” of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. The problem is that it was within hours of the murders of five U.S. Marines at a recruiting office by a lone wolf Islamic terrorist.
It’s nice to remember the holy day but why was there nothing for the murdered Marines? There were no red, white and blue lights in honor of the deceased soldiers and there still aren’t.
Even though we are in INGSOC and pretend we don’t know the terrorist’s motives, the soldiers deserved to be remembered and honored.
The management of the building also honored the 60th anniversary of Communist China in 2009, lighting it up in red and yellow. Many took it as a blatant approval of totalitarianism. It was a great PR coup for the communist Chinese who support repression and deserve no honors. It is estimated that 94 million died during and after the Communist takeover.
The landlords of the Empire State Building refused to light up for the 100th birthday celebration of Mother Theresa. When asked to participate in the festivities, they issued a statement: “Selection as an Empire State Building Lighting Partner is at the sole discretion of the ownership and management of the Empire State Building Company LLC,” the privately owned building’s website says. The site says that selection is “a privilege, not an entitlement.”
Last August, they lit up in blue to encourage the Democratic National Convention to come to New York City despite their policy to not light up for “political figures and campaigns.” They turned down a request to light the tower up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer from a father whose child died from cancer.
The top of the building burned bright pink to honor the 2008 release of an album by Mariah Carey. The pinnacle was made to glow green in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (despite its policy against celebrating anniversaries).
It is a privately-owned building and they can do what they want but the building is symbolic of American entrepreneurship and what we stand for, at least it used to be.
Yep, time to bring back King Kong.