— CNN (@CNN) March 8, 2017
Something happened to the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday night and, based on the timing, people are likely to see it as either a serendipitous moment or a deliberate act of protest.
For approximately two hours last night, Lady Liberty was plunged into darkness after her lights went out in New York Harbor. The lights were turned back on around midnight, and National Park Service officials say the incident most likely happened due to an unexpected technical glitch in their electric system.
Some lights on the Statue were temporarily off tonight. Likely related to new emergency generator/Hurricane Sandy recovery project work.
— Statue of Liberty NM (@StatueEllisNPS) March 8, 2017
Plenty of people took to Twitter when they heard about the news, and most had their own ideas about what really happened. Plenty of people suggested, though, that the power failure was the Statue of Liberty’s way of kicking off #DayWithoutAWoman, the movement to protest social and economic inequality on International Women’s Day.
Thank you Lady Liberty for standing with the resistance and going dark for #DayWithoutAWoman 🗽
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
Apparently the Statue of Liberty lights went out due to a power failure. But I would argue women are also protesting due to a power failure.
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) March 8, 2017
Apparently ‘She’ took off an hour earlier than the other women.. https://t.co/dC8YhRitbZ
— Swami (@SwamiG8R) March 8, 2017
CNN has just reported that the Statue of Liberty has gone dark tonight.
Power failure or social commentary? 🤔
— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) March 8, 2017
— Alexandra Halaby (@iskandrah) March 8, 2017
Nonetheless, NPS public affairs officer Jerry Willis insists that the outage didn’t happen to back any protest, and technicians were just working on a backup generator to replace one that was damaged years ago during Hurricane Sandy.
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