With Fourth of July right around the corner, Fox News investigated a new theory that recently surfaced suggesting that the Statue of Liberty is actually a man.
The Discovery Family channel will soon broadcast a program that questions whether or not French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi used his brother as the actual model for the Statue of Liberty.
“Going through photos he had in his files of his brother, I started to look at the face more carefully, and it really did look to be like Liberty,” author Elizabeth Mitchell told the New York Post.
To get more answers about this theory, Fox & Friends invited New York University Professor Edward Berenson on the show Sunday, to get his expert opinion.
“Is Lady Liberty actually a man?” Fox News host Peter Doocy asked with obvious concern in his voice.
“This guy [Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi], when he was in New York wrote his mother every single day,” Berenson insisted. “If he wasn’t going to do his mom and was going to do his brother instead, we’d have that in the correspondence.”
“I just assume somebody was playing a prank on us,” Doocy said. “Are we supposed to think this French guy was pulling a fast one the U.S., ‘Hey, I’m going to say it’s a woman but it’s really going to be a guy. And they’re not going to be able to figure it out for a really long time.’”
“I really doubt it,” Berenson comforted Doocy. “This was not a tongue-in-cheek gift. This was a real serious business. He loved the United States, he loved American liberty.”
“Is it possible the Statue of Liberty transcends both masculinity and femininity?” co-host Anna Kooiman asked. “That it’s just a symbol of liberty?”
“I think there’s no question she’s a woman,” Berenson replied. “But she’s very powerful woman.”