A marketing officer in a building firm in US has had to lose her job after her photo of showing middle finger to Donald Trump went viral on social media platforms.
Juli Briskman was riding her bike when saw Trump’s cavalcade pass through her. She raised her finger at the US President, reported AFP. Briskman, a single mother, appeared to know exactly who was in the car.
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again,” the 50-year-old Democrat mother of two told HuffPost.
The obscene gesture was captured on 28 October by AFP White House photographer Brendan Smialowski, who was riding in Trump’s convoy, quickly went viral. And it has now cost the single mom her job.
The president had gone to his Trump National Golf Club on the banks of the Potomac River, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of the White House.
Briskman lives nearby and was out for a Saturday bike ride when the convoy of black SUVs drove past. After the first time the convoy passed her, she caught up again when it stopped at a red light.
The photo only showed Briskman from the back, unidentifiable, her left arm out and middle finger up. But when she realised it was her in the photo, Briskman proudly posted the image on her social media page. The image had gone viral by that time.
It isn’t known whether Trump saw the gesture. But it didn’t please Briskman’s bosses at Akima LLC, a builder that does work for the US government and military.
Three days later they told Briskman, a marketing officer, she had to go. “They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” Briskman told HuffPost.
“Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.'”
The latest incident will raise plenty of eyebrows as far as freedom of expression in the US is concerned. Back in India too, critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have had to pay heavy price for mocking or criticising him. Last week, Tamil Nadu Police had arrested 19-year-old S Thirumurugan after he criticised Modi in a private Facebook conversation.