Empire State Building Refuses Lighting for Marine Corps Birthday, Had No Problem Lighting for Muslim Holiday
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The owner of the Empire State Building has refused a request to light the building in honor of the birthday of the US Marine Corps in November, but as you’ll read, they do have their priorities.
From the NY Daily News:
The few. The Proud. The Dissed.
The U.S. Marine Corps, like Mother Teresa, is being barred by the Empire State Building from starring in lights.
“We were rejected,” said Gunnery Sgt. Alex Kitsakos of the Marines’ public affairs office in midtown, who asked for the building to be lit scarlet and gold in 2008 on the Marines’ Nov. 10 birthday.
“Of all the silly things they would consider lighting the building for, they wouldn’t light it for the Marine Corps?” he asked. “Whoever it is that’s running the building, they certainly could be making better decisions about who it is that they choose to honor.”
Anthony Malkin, the developer whose family owns Manhattan’s tallest skyscraper, has refused all calls to light the tower blue and white on Aug. 26, Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday. A statement from the building Thursday said it does not honor religious figures or organizations.
In 2007, however, the building went green to honor the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan:
And just last year the building was lit in red in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Communist Chinese Revolution, and also lit for the Grateful Dead in appreciation of all they did to keep our country safe and free.
The statement said the building ownership “does not honor religious figures or organizations,” but that’s a load. In fact, many “religious figures” and other organizations — even environmental ones — have been “honored” with an Empire State Building lighting.
But the US Marine Corps, no way. Did Google buy the place, or what?
The building’s owner does lean to the left a little, wouldn’t you say?