In case it wasn’t clear enough: 4chan doesn’t have time for pretentious posturing.
Fresh off an epic trolling of Shia Lebeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” livestream, the website’s is now targeting the newly installed “Fearless Girl” statue, located near Wall Street just across from the famous Charging Bull, a bronze sculpture meant to symbolize a time of rising stock prices and general optimism in the economy. “Fearless Girl” was funded by State Street Global Advisers, a financial services company.
4chan users at the politics (AKA /pol/) board were not happy with what they saw as a ridiculous example of liberal grandstanding. One user posted:
“It’s so dumb it needs to be ridiculed. It’s virtue signaling for something that’s not a problem. It’s also dumb to think firms are choosing gender over profit. The amoral…nature of financial markets means that profit above all else, except with women. Companies are willing to lose added profit to keep women out of leadership roles. The whole thing is dumb and needs to be made look foolish.”
They were so riled that 4chan users issued a fatwa against the new feminist icon sometime Sunday.
Let’s get a better look:
Yup, it looks like this little girl is ready to Make America Great Again.
Other users suggested making the little girl wear a burkha, permanently attaching a MAGA hat to her head, or attaching a strap-on dildo around her waist.
So far, New York City liberals seem to be falling for “Fearless Girl.” City Advocate Letitia James wants the statue as a permanent installation. In a letter to the mayor, James wrote, “Fearless Girl stands as a powerful beacon, showing women—young and old—that no dream is too big and no ceiling is too high.”
I’m personally in favor of the statue staying put. Not because I’m concerned about superficial symbols of feminism or equality by major corporations, but I’m looking forward to all the fun 4chan is about to have.
There’s no doubt that many of 4chan’s users feel emboldened since the election of President Trump. Not since the days of the protests against Scientology did 4chan users actually bother leaving their basements and try creating chaos in the physical world, rather than just on the Internet. After all, many of the site’s users feel partially responsible for Trump’s victory. Considering the inordinate amount of time the mainstream media spends on Pepe the Frog, the alt-right, and memes generally, it’s no surprise that they feel like they hold some power. With /pol/’s war on Labeouf an unquestionable success so far, one thing is clear: We’re likely going to be seeing a lot more of these kind of pranks in the future.