PHOTO: The Statue of Liberty goes dark at an opportune time. (photo via Flickr/m01229)
It’s easy to find meaning in seemingly innocuous items. You can find romance on a fallen leaf floating by your spouse’s nose, or intrigue in a momentary collection of clouds. Or, if the country is mired in a deluge of polarizing political decisions, you can find meaning in the absence of light.
This is especially true when the thing going dark is the Statue of Liberty—that giant landmark that greets millions to our shores and also happened to have had a cameo in “Ghostbusters 2.”
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As CNN reports, the very large, liberty-touting statue was without light Tuesday night. Its moment bereft of illumination would normally be cause for a shrug and little more, but this is 2017—a year of not one but two travel bans that have stirred the landscape well beyond the travel industry.
So, we let Twitter take it away.
As noted by CNN, Women’s March embraced the image for the International Day Without a Woman protest.
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Others read into the loss of light in the way they saw fit:
As for the reason behind the outage, it’s as simple as a momentary electrical mishap. The report explains, “a lighting system controller was switched off to change out faulty lighting equipment, said Jerry Willis with the National Parks Service.”
CNN explains the repairs were made but the controller wasn’t reset as it should have been, leading to an outage and one remarkable image now emblazoned across social media.
Willis explains that there will be more outages over the coming months, so prepare accordingly.
This means there is nothing culturally or politically significant about future lighting issues, but that doesn’t mean we don’t look forward to Twitter’s presumed hyperbolic reaction.
You can always count on social media to entertain during these bizarre moments.