On Tuesday night, the lights that illuminate the Statue of Liberty aginst the night sky went out for over an hour—and considering our current sociopolitical climate, it was just a little too perfect, according to The Washington Post.
It almost hurts to watch, doesn't it? Amongst the people of the Internet, there were two plausible interpretations of this. The Post reports that some saw Lady Liberty as protesting President Trump and his recent new travel ban, while others said she was signaling her solidarity with Wednesday's A Day Without a Woman strike.
However, the National Park Service (NPS) explained in a statement the all-too-timely event was due to unplanned power outages.
Jerry Willis, a public affairs officer for the NPS, further explained that this was “not in any way” related to current events, and that “We don’t use the lighting system to back any particular cause.”
I believe that this wasn’t planned, but regardless, it’s hard not to project ominous symbolism on to the blackout. Everything these days, from the Superbowl to the Oscars Best Picture win, seems to reflect the times.
Ladies, let’s not lose hope. Keep spreading light over darkness, no matter what.
— Alt Lady Liberty (@AltStatLiberty) February 21, 2017