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Lady Liberty Was Originally Designed As An Arab Woman and America Goes Crazy

There’s so much hate from some Americans when this story surfaced.

Donald Trump’s executive order from over a week ago, which temporarily bans almost all travelers from seven Muslim-dominated countries, evoked different reactions from different people. In the midst of the debate on whether or not the ban will benefit the country, an ironic story from 2015 saying the iconic Statue of Liberty is inspired by an Arab woman, resurfaced online – and some people are not quite pleased.

The Statue of Liberty, as most people know, was a gift from France to the United States to celebrate the latter’s freedom. However, historians believe that there is a deeper history to the colossal symbol of democracy which has welcomed countless immigrants to the American shores.

The story that the statue was modeled after an Arab woman was picked up by several media news outlet in 2015 but somehow, it didn’t generate that much reaction, especially negative ones from some people in the U.S., like it did today. When this story resurfaced, people dismissed it as a “fake news” or a Muslim propaganda for people to readily accept refugees into the country.

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For those who missed the news, French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who gave birth to the concept of the Statue of Liberty, traveled to Egypt in 1855-1856. He somehow had a penchant for creating gigantic sculptures and large monuments.

In 1869, the Egyptian government planned to have a lighthouse built at the mouth of the Suez Canal. Bartholdi, however, proposed a huge statue of a woman in robe holding a torch and he named it “Egypt Brings Light To Asia.”

The sculpture originally was in the “form of a veiled peasant woman,” according to Barry Moreno, who has written an account about the statue.

The Egyptians planned to build a lighthouse at the mouth of the Suez Canal.

Bartholdi proposed a huge woman statue he named, “Egypt Brings Light To Asia.”

However, this idea of Bartholdi’s was rejected by Egyptian officials but that didn’t stop him from bringing his concept to America. Apparently, the Muslim woman dressed in Arab peasant clothes design won’t work for the U.S., so it was changed and the statue was transformed into the Roman goddess, Libertas for liberty.

Now, there’s not only a debate on the Muslim ban but also on the origin of the statue. The debate could go on but one thing’s for certain is that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of hope, a symbol that welcomes everyone – and the poem by Emma Lazarus etched at the base of the statue is proof of that.

‘The New Colossus’ by Emma Lazarus, a poem etched at the foundation of Lady Liberty statue.

Source: JWA.org

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

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51 Comments

  1. Joaquin Eleuterio Aliass

    February 9, 2017 at 4:58 AM

    Those who did not know the history of this statue of liberty will believe on this fake article.. That statue was a gift of friendship from france to US.. better read books rather than read fake articles on social media

  2. Troy Michelle Rawlins

    February 8, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    This is a lie.

  3. Renier Amserauc

    February 8, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Yes I agree Ottoman Empire is responsible for this and have the right to claim the truth not by arab…

  4. Leovhen Echevarria Dabu

    February 8, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    That’s stupid hahaha bull crap

  5. Troy Michelle Rawlins

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    This is a lie.

  6. Ogell Migz Roll

    February 8, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Idiot..Its a gift of the french govt. to america…

  7. Darrin Rice

    February 8, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Fake news they just wanna see how many morons will believe and spread this crap

  8. Ogell Migz Roll

    March 8, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Idiot..Its a gift of the french govt. to america…

  9. Sandra Runnels Long

    February 8, 2017 at 7:07 AM

    This is a distortion of the facts.
    Bartholdi, the sculptor was fascinated with monumental sized sculpture. At one time, he designed a monumental statue for the Suez Canal that was going to be a woman dressed in Arab garb, holding a light, but it was never built.
    Later, Bartholdi was asked by the French to design a statue for the New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty is very different that his previous concept for the Suez.
    She is in the Neo-classical style and is supposed to represent Libertas, Roman goddess of liberty.
    Also, it widely known that the actual model for the face of the Statue of Liberty was Bartholdi’s mother – not an Arab peasant woman.

  10. Robert Close

    February 8, 2017 at 6:48 AM

    Ffs people get your history right. It was a gift from the people of Mars. I was talking to captain kirk. He told me the truth. And I believe him. Even spock. Backed him up. So there you go. Fax people fax.

  11. Richard Almodovar

    February 8, 2017 at 6:05 AM

    N

  12. Ed Gawlo

    February 8, 2017 at 4:33 AM

    You all wrong statue was came from china it is made in china lolo mo

  13. Scott Capell

    February 8, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    Brain dead CNN!!

  14. Scott Capell

    February 8, 2017 at 3:36 AM

    Moronic news report!!!

  15. Sandra Runnels Long

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    This is a distortion of the facts.
    Bartholdi, the sculptor was fascinated with monumental sized sculpture. At one time, he designed a monumental statue for the Suez Canal that was going to be a woman dressed in Arab garb, holding a light, but it was never built.
    Later, Bartholdi was asked by the French to design a statue for the New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty is very different that his previous concept for the Suez.
    She is in the Neo-classical style and is supposed to represent Libertas, Roman goddess of liberty.
    Also, it widely known that the actual model for the face of the Statue of Liberty was Bartholdi’s mother – not an Arab peasant woman.

  16. Robert Close

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Ffs people get your history right. It was a gift from the people of Mars. I was talking to captain kirk. He told me the truth. And I believe him. Even spock. Backed him up. So there you go. Fax people fax.

  17. Paul Mcleish

    February 8, 2017 at 1:32 AM

    This guy really needs to study history

  18. Yelo Mendoza

    February 8, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    trying to mislead people who doesnt know history

  19. Richard Weinstein

    February 7, 2017 at 10:50 PM

    The story itself makes no sense, its actually pretty funny. The way islam treats itw woman, you expext us to believe they were honoring woman with this statue…i wonder if they left off her clit to symbolize female genital mutilation…you are complete and utter morons

  20. Scott Capell

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Brain dead CNN!!

  21. Scott Capell

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Moronic news report!!!

  22. Scott Capell

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Moronic news report!!!

  23. Scott Capell

    February 7, 2017 at 10:36 PM

    More Fake CNN crap!!

  24. Tony Szeltner

    February 7, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    Ha ha

  25. Renante Gonzales

    February 7, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    That is israel woman

  26. Tracy L Bailey

    February 7, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Baris Emiroglu – Fact: the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France resembling a smaller one in France .. NOW if the original statue .. IN FRANCE, had origins of thought to have been a Muslim woman, it didn’t fly, it wasn’t created .. the one in France was created INSTEAD .. therefore, the State of Liberty was NOT .. damn y’all

  27. Scott Capell

    February 7, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    More fake news and democrap bs!!

  28. Justin Herrmann

    February 7, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    I call bull shit, especially when it was designed by a paris artist

  29. Naomi Hardman

    February 7, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    WHY DOSE PEOPLE PUT LIES ON HERE

  30. Tracy L Bailey

    February 7, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.

  31. Nancy Friess

    February 7, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Fake story

  32. Baris Emiroglu

    February 7, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Study some history. And what fucking peace offering You dickhead!? When was US fighting France? They helped You win the Collonial war Stupid!!! Fucking Douchebag! Like You know anything! You stupid Fuck!!!

  33. Daniel Lenker

    February 7, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Yall douche bags are fucking stupid. It was a peace offering /gift to the united states from france. Study your god damn history for christ sakes

  34. Tracy L Bailey

    February 7, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    The statue of liberty was a gift from France and a smaller one still resides in France

  35. Chris Ward

    February 7, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Lol America. The only country ignorant enough to believe they are the centre of the universe. 99% of America think they are the ones who “thought of that”. You do know it was a gift from another country right? Lol

  36. Tracy L Bailey

    February 7, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    LIE!!

  37. Richard Weinstein

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    The story itself makes no sense, its actually pretty funny. The way islam treats itw woman, you expext us to believe they were honoring woman with this statue…i wonder if they left off her clit to symbolize female genital mutilation…you are complete and utter morons

  38. Richard Weinstein

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    The story itself makes no sense, its actually pretty funny. The way islam treats itw woman, you expext us to believe they were honoring woman with this statue…i wonder if they left off her clit to symbolize female genital mutilation…you are complete and utter morons

  39. Baris Emiroglu

    February 7, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    There is no such things as Egyptian officials at that time for God’s sake!!! Tell it right! It was the Ottoman Empire. One of the greatest empires of all time which ruled for half a millenium. Much bigger than what America was, at that time. You cannot change history. It was the Ottomans (Turks) who paid for it. Beter Recognize 🙂

  40. Scott Capell

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    More Fake CNN crap!!

  41. Tony Szeltner

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Ha ha

  42. Tracy L Bailey

    March 8, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Baris Emiroglu – Fact: the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France resembling a smaller one in France .. NOW if the original statue .. IN FRANCE, had origins of thought to have been a Muslim woman, it didn’t fly, it wasn’t created .. the one in France was created INSTEAD .. therefore, the State of Liberty was NOT .. damn y’all

  43. Naomi Hardman

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    WHY DOSE PEOPLE PUT LIES ON HERE

  44. Naomi Hardman

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    WHY DOSE PEOPLE PUT LIES ON HERE

  45. Naomi Hardman

    March 5, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    WHY DOSE PEOPLE PUT LIES ON HERE

  46. Tracy L Bailey

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.

  47. Nancy Friess

    March 8, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Fake story

  48. Baris Emiroglu

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Study some history. And what fucking peace offering You dickhead!? When was US fighting France? They helped You win the Collonial war Stupid!!! Fucking Douchebag! Like You know anything! You stupid Fuck!!!

  49. Chris Ward

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Lol America. The only country ignorant enough to believe they are the centre of the universe. 99% of America think they are the ones who “thought of that”. You do know it was a gift from another country right? Lol

  50. Baris Emiroglu

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    There is no such things as Egyptian officials at that time for God’s sake!!! Tell it right! It was the Ottoman Empire. One of the greatest empires of all time which ruled for half a millenium. Much bigger than what America was, at that time. You cannot change history. It was the Ottomans (Turks) who paid for it. Beter Recognize 🙂

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