Lady Liberty. The guardian of our shores. The protector of America. Her greenness, the anti-whore, who looks down upon capitalism but does not let herself be defiled by it. Until now.

According to Gothamist, the founder of Joe Boxer, who has a new line of bow ties forthcoming, has gotten permission from the FAA and the National Parks Service to, uh, fly giant bow ties from helicopters in front of Ms. Statue on Oct. 31 as part of a weird-ass advertising stunt. The bow ties, 30 feet tall and 60 feet wide, will appear in a variety of colors and patterns to promote... the founder of Joe Boxer's new line of bow ties for women judges? A new way of welcoming immigrants? Impetus behind stunt inconclusive.

Regardless, this crass desecration of La Liberté éclairant le monde is worrisome. What is next? Waistcoats on the Empire State Building? Brassieres on the Guggenheim?

In closing, part of a poem I have just written.

"Give me your excited, your rich,

Your huddled #brands yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming business school shore.

Send these, the not-homeless, not-tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door to Capitalism!"

[h/t Gothamist]