Actually, it's kind of hard to see from this distance but this is a version of the iconic photo from the end of WWII - taken in Times Square.
Thousands of tourists who walk along the Highline Park in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood see this mural every day.
Does anyone else think this image is problematic? I'm not sure this is an appropriate image to be emblazoned on a giant wall in Chelsea.
Indeed, last year a few people began publicly criticizing the iconic photo on which this mural is based:
I tend to agree. Basically this sailor just grabbed a woman and kissed her. If you look at his body and her body, this looks like a very forceful event in which she simply did not have any choice. He's basically taking her against her will and forcing himself on her. Looking at it last night, it didn't seem to be the cheerful 'war is over' image I had remembered it to be. I think this was a bad choice of images by the artist Kobra.
"I felt that he was very strong. He was just holding me tight. It wasn't a romantic event."