AUTHOR: The National Review staff
POINT OF CONTENTION: The decision to light up the Empire State Building in red and yellow to celebrate China's anniversary
ARTICLES AND BLOG POSTS DEDICATED: 5
NEW BUILDING NAME: The Evil Empire State Building
MIGHT AS WELL CELEBRATE: Stalin's 130th birthday, Khmer Rouge's 35th anniversary, 605th anniversary of Tamerlane's death
PROPOSAL FOR NEXT YEAR: "How about a pyramid of skulls atop the skyscraper?"
PREFERABLE TO EMPIRE STATE BUILDING: A Samuel Adams beer coaster
ARCHITECTURAL CRITICISMS: An affront, disgusting, sickening, bewildering, disgusting (again)
CHINESE SOURCES REACHED FOR COMMENT: "I thought of calling up some friends of mine in the Chinese democracy movement, to see what they think of what the Empire State Building is doing. I decided not to."
Mark, Jay, you are of course both quite right about the Empire State Building. Truly a disgusting decision. That said, the fact that the building's managers are planning to light their property red and yellow might suggest a way in which they could partly redeem its honor. Perhaps they could just remove the yellow — and leave the red as a symbol for the blood shed by a regime with the deaths of tens of millions on its hands.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.