Rep. Anthony Weiner and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras have a very of-the-time idea about what to do with the decaying "Triumph of Civic Virtue," an eighty-nine-year-old statue that stands outside of Queens Borough Hall: sell it on Craigslist. (Full picture below.) And why not spend the money to refurbish the thing, besides the city's budget crisis? Because "Triumph of Civic Virtue" depicts "virtue" as a strapping young man stepping on the the female forms of "vice" and corruption." (Maybe that's why so many married politicians get caught with naked young men? They just thought they were being good citizens.)
Naturally, some people are outraged at the idea, or even the allegation of sexism, saying that the statue is simply a product of its time and a Queens landmark. Of course, even at its unveiling, women's groups hated the thing, and it's only in Queens because Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia thought it was ugly and wanted it out of Manhattan. (Speaking of: I can barely even tell what's happening in the piece, and while I know I'm no art historian, I just… don't think it's very good?)
It might be worthwhile to find a better venue to do so, but why not auction it off? The "Triumph of Civic Virtue" won't crumble into nothingness, New York City won't have to spend money to restore a sexist statue that probably shouldn't be in front of a government office, and maybe there's a profit to be made. Everyone's happy!
(Hahaha! No. That will never happen.)