Veterans Affairs: Department bans ‘The Kiss’ photo, then quickly reverses itself

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It was a public relations nightmare for the Department of Veterans Affairs. An undersecretary of the department on Feb. 29 banned the historic photo, “The Kiss,” from all of its facilities across America. The memo ordering the removal of the photo said the photo “depicts a non-consensual act” that is inconsistent with VA policy on sexual harassment.

The memo was posted on X/Twitter and the criticism was relentless over the U.S. government going woke. Hours later, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough rescinded the order.

McDonough posted a copy of the Aug. 14, 1945 Life Magazine photograph on X/Twitter, with this message: “Let me be clear: This image is not banned from VA facilities — and we will keep it in VA facilities.” 

The original memo said, “To foster a more trauma-informed environment that promotes the psychological safety of our employees and the veterans we serve, photographs depicting the ‘V-J Day in Times Square’ should be removed from all Veterans Health Administration facilities.”

RimaAnn O. Nelson, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Operations, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs since Jan. 2, 2022, penned the woke memo banning the iconic photo.

The photo was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, a German-born American photographer and photojournalist who worked for Life Magazine. It is formally called “V-J Day in Times Square” but is known to most people simply as “The Kiss.”

V-J Day is the day Japan surrendered to the United States. In New York City and other cities across the country, Americans poured into the streets and celebrated. Navy sailor George Mendonsa planted a kiss on fellow celebrant Greta Friedman, someone he had never met but was inspired to lock lips with on that historic day.

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  1. We have way too many bureaucrats on the payroll with way too much time on their hands.

    Hamas, the Russians, Chinese, and Iranians, must think we are absolutely nuts.

  2. Brought to you by your politicians.
    Everybody just remember their names and where they live so when judgment day gets here they can answer for treason and not supporting the American values.

  3. Just imagine how sad and pathetic your life must be if you find offense in everything, no matter how innocuous.
    In a lot of ways, I pity the woke. Then I remember their pain and suffering is self inflicted, and I smile and take another sip of my coffee.

  4. Well it is a me too moment.
    As I remember these 2 didn’t know each other.
    The sailor grabbed the nurse & kissed her in his excitement …..and the rest is history!

    PS: the nurse never complained

  5. An example of the term “Pollyanna” that applies because of our long-time, declared ideology of a puritan form of Christianity delivered from our founders that continues to today regardless of extreme oppositive propaganda to change this founding ideology. It remains pervasive. Make America Great Again. Even if the satan worshipping commies don’t like it.

  6. This was a V-I-C-T-O-R-Y KISS… It had NO OTHER meaning then this.. How people can take something 75-80++ years ago CANNOT be interpreted into today’s WOKE world..

  7. The WAR WAS OVER…how could anybody but the WOKE could re-interpret. WAR was over and the fighting was over.. Anyone having NOT lived through a WORLD WAR will never understand.. Even today’s military understands this and “THE GREATEST GENERATION” returned to restart their lives.. We’ve had other battles and separations. for many other skirmishes (called wars) but not a World War.

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