Feminists in France are demanding that an iconic statue based on the famous VJ-day photo is torn down because it ‘portrays a sexual assault’. The sculpture is currently on display outside the Caen Memorial Museum near Pegasus Bridge in Normandy. However, the statue – which is 25ft tall and weighs 13 tonnes – has been criticised by French feminists who claim it shows ‘an assault’.
The ‘Unconditional Surrender’ sculpture –nicknamed The Kiss – shows a sailor kissing a woman while one arm is around her waist and another supports her neck. French feminist group Osez Le Feminisme has complained the statue represents a ‘sexual assault’ because the woman, Greta Zimmer Friedman, had the kiss ‘forced upon her’ by the sailor.