Closing Thought–07Nov17

She Thinks He Is Number One!

It seems that a young lady was out for a bike ride and as an entourage went past she threw up her middle finger in a gesture of love…..snap!  Some caught it on film and the rest is history…..

Last week, an image revolving around President Trump went viral, though the White House surely wasn’t happy about it. In the photo—you can see it here—a female bicyclist is seen flipping the middle finger to the Trump motorcade as it passes her in Sterling, Va. The anonymous bicyclist became an internet hero in anti-Trump circles, but those 15 minutes of fame have now cost the woman her job. Juli Briskman, 50, tells HuffPost that government contractor Akima cut her loose from the marketing and communications post she’d held for the last six months because of the image. “They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” says Briskman. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.'”

Briskman says she had no idea a White House pool photographer snapped the image of her until it began circulating on social media. She then used the photo on her own social media pages, which don’t mention her affiliation with Akima. Briskman accuses the company of uneven treatment because a male employee was able to keep his job after calling out someone as a “f—— Libtard a——” on Facebook, where his link to Akima was obvious. Akima hasn’t commented about its decision publicly. Briskman also talks to the Washington Post, explaining that she is indeed a critic of Trump’s political policies and behavior as president. But something further than that touched off the now-famous salute: “Here’s what was going through my head that day: ‘Really? You’re golfing again?'”

Okay…I admit it….I she is my new hero….

Briskman said she had no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure received.
Juli Briskman said she had no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure received. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

On that note I bow out for the day…TTFN…..more stuff coming…..chuq


12 thoughts on “Closing Thought–07Nov17

  1. This has to be the best thing I’ve seen in several months! I don’t think it’s right she lost her job for it as the middle finger falls under freedom of speech in my opinion. We’ve probably not see the end of this one and I’m curious if the guy is going to get fired as well.

    She’s awesome, she did what we’re all thinking.

  2. There seems to be a little more to this story that we don’t know perhaps. When my GF and I compared professional notes.. (she’s former HR director of a bank) it sounds like this company has some opinionated employees in general, and if she was all that hot they likely wouldn’t have canned her. Although.. the company could have some government-required conditions in order to be a vendor. Looks like she knew what was going to happen and just snubbed her nose at the process and dared them.. especially when she posted the pic on her own social media. Sounds more like she was bragging about it all. I can certainly understand being an employee and behaving in such a manner as to not embarrass your employer.. IF someone might identify you as working for that employer.
    There are two things that concern me no end regarding hiring processes… a credit check (because they stereotype those with bad credit as if it has some issue with a person’s performance), and this “new” nonsense about employers feeling they need to watch what you say on social media that has nothing to do with casting their company in a bad light.

    BUT.. having bitched about all that… I thought what she did was wonderful to watch. 🙂

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