The important question of the day on Fox News for the holiday is whether the Statue of Liberty was actually modeled after a man. A recent theory suggests that possibility.
Author and journalist Elizabeth Mitchell reveals an alternative theory on an upcoming Discovery Family channel program. She believes that instead of French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi using his mother as his inspiration for the statue’s face, the artist used his brother’s likeness. Mitchell told the New York Post, “Going through photos he had in his files of his brother, I started to look at the face more carefully, and it really did look to be like Liberty.”
Raw Story reports:
But on Sunday, Fox & Friends spoke to New York University Professor Edward Berenson to assuage concerns that Lady Liberty could be a man presenting as a woman.
“Is Lady Liberty actually a man?” asked Peter Doocy. “This guy [Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi], when he was in New York wrote his mother every single day,” Berenson remarked. “If he wasn’t going to do his mom and was going to do his brother instead, we’d have that in the correspondence.”
“I just assume somebody was playing a prank on us,” Doocy said. “Are we supposed to think this French guy was pulling a fast one the U.S., ‘Hey, I’m going to say it’s a woman but it’s really going to be a guy. And they’re not going to be able to figure it out for a really long time.’”
“I really doubt it,” Berenson said. “This was not a tongue-in-cheek gift. This was a real serious business. He loved the United States, he loved American liberty.”
“Is it possible the Statue of Liberty transcends both masculinity and femininity?” co-host Anna Kooiman asked. “That it’s just a symbol of liberty?”
“I think there’s no question she’s a woman,” Berenson said. “But she’s very powerful woman.” “There’s no question that she’s a tough lady. She’s a lady,” he added.
We’re glad that Fox News took a break from airing news on non-scandals such as Benghazi or whether President Obama is playing golf so that they could cover a new theory which is totally not important. As we all know, if the Statue of Liberty was modeled after a man, we would lose all of our freedoms and liberty. Everything as we know it in this country would come to a complete halt and we would have to go back to being under British rule:(
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