We’ve all read that the US image overseas has been deteriorating (Article: U.S. image sharply worsens: BBC poll).
Now, I totally agree that our image is the most important thing, and I am all for increasing taxes or doing whatever it takes to make sure that other people like us.
But, I’m not too sure what to think about this…
New York (Reuters) – School children, celebrities, and members of the media gathered today as the Department of the Interior presented the new look of liberty for the 21st Century to a delighted crowd. An attempt to improve America’s image abroad, the new trimmed-down Lady Liberty sports a more modelesque waistline and an expanded bust.
Visitors have expressed a wide range of thoughts on the new look.
“I think she’s hot,” said Joseph Anderson, a seventh grader visiting the statue on a field trip from Oak Middle School. “I’m definitely putting her on my MySpace so my friends can see too.” A fellow student, seventh grader Elizabeth Wilson, said, “She’s like a much better role model now that she’s like skinny and normal like the people on like TV.”
A spokesman for the US Department of Interior when asked of the importance of the makeover, went on record stating that “(the statue) makeover comprises our entire Improved Image Initiative, aimed at making the United States appear cooler to the rest of the world.” She went on to state that, “If we want to improve our image, this course of action provides the best chance for success.”
President of obesity awareness group Obesity is Average Patricia Cartwright expressed concern. “The Statue of Liberty stood as an example to obese women for over three hundred years, and now us obese women are lost in the dark.” She added, however, that she prefers the new menu at the snack bar.
Judge for yourself in the following before and after photos of the statue: