Hundreds of Strangers Reenact One of the Most Famous Sexual Assaults of the 20th Century

Hundreds of couples have descended upon New York’s Times Square to reenact the famous photograph of a kiss between a sailor and a woman celebrating the end of World War II. The photograph was taken as news broke that Japan had surrendered on August 14, 1945, bringing to the conflict to an end.

Little do they know, the kiss was really a sexual assault by a drunken sailor upon a woman he didn’t even know. Daily News reports:

A crime was captured in that frame. Quoth the blog Crates and Ribbons: “We learn that George and Greta were perfect strangers. We learn that George was drunk, and that Greta had no idea of his presence, until she was in his arms, with his lips on hers.” And this conclusion: “It seems pretty clear, then, that what George had committed was sexual assault.”

Whatever the circumstances of the original photo were, it is still pretty cool to see hundreds of willing couples kissing in the same pose, celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day.

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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