You may have heard: Some unknown person or persons replaced the American flags flying on the Brooklyn Bridge with white ones. More accurately, American flags either painted over with white paint or bleached. This has understandably raised concern from New Yorkers about the safety of the bridges, apparently vulnerable enough that people could, under police’s noses, switch the flags under cover of night. The white flags have since been taken down. Confusion about the incident reigns. But why? Here are some theories/ the most frequent jokes about the incident you will see on Twitter.
1. It is an act of surrender by either Manhattan to Brooklyn or Brooklyn to Manhattan.
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) July 22, 2014
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is not into that theory, though
— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) July 22, 2014
2. It’s an art piece about gentrification and/or hipsters.
If a white flag is on top of the Brooklyn Bridge, does that mean all the hispters are surrendering?
— Kathleen Matthews (@Bookgirl96) July 22, 2014
3. It’s call to end the Gaza conflict.
Call for Israel-Hamas truce? RT"White flags mysteriously replace American flags atop Brooklyn Bridge. http://t.co/ON5Lx2P6Ha"
— Ram (@ram_k27) July 22, 2014
4. Dido did it.
also what did @didoofficial do to the Brooklyn Bridge
— deX! (@djperry1973) July 22, 2014
Really hope the "White Flag" on the Brooklyn Bridge was put there by someone from Dido's street team who just woke up from an 11 year coma.
— Mark Graham (@unclegrambo) July 22, 2014
5. Jasper Johns did it.
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