The woman who was photographed flipping the middle finger to President Donald Trump’s passing motorcade has been fired from her job, reports The Washington Post.
The image of Juli Briskman astride her bike, giving the obscene gesture to a passing fleet of black government officials went viral last month, with many frustrated Americans seeing something of themselves in the 50-year-old woman’s defiance.
Briskman said she was angered to see the president going on yet another golfing excursion while the country is confronted by serious, pressing issues ranging from the devastation in Puerto Rico to the gun violence epidemic.
Now, Briskman has been fired from her marketing executive job at Akima LLC, after she disclosed the fact that she is the woman in the photo to her employers.
Her face isn’t visible in the image, but after she posted it to her social media accounts the yoga studio where she teaches part-time started receiving angry emails. In response, she deleted the image from her pages and then took the initiative to inform her bosses at Akima.
She was promptly fired, with her employers citing her behavior as a “code of conduct” violation. While Akima reserves the right to terminate an employee for something like this, the firing takes on a distinctly sinister, partisan bent when viewed in the context of a prior event at Akima.
Briskman was previously tasked with controlling Akima’s social media, during which time she spotted and flagged a Facebook comment by a senior executive.
“You’re a f–king Libtard a–hole,” the man wrote in a discussion about Black Lives Matter.
Unlike Briskman, whose identity is not immediately apparent when one views the controversial picture of her, the director’s comment was made from his profile which advertised the fact that he worked at Akima. Unlike Briskman though, the director wasn’t fired for his behavior. He got off with less than a slap on the wrist, and simply deleted his comment.
One can’t help see a misogynist influence, and perhaps a pro-Trump workplace atmosphere behind the unequal treatment between a female and male employee. If Akima insists on firing workers for behavior outside the workplace, they’re obligated to be fair and shouldn’t be making exceptions for male executives.
Briskman doesn’t regret her actions. When asked by The Post if she would behave differently given what she knows now, she said she’d do it again. She should be commended for her resilience. At this point, there are few things more unpatriotic than supporting the Trump administration.