Lindsey Stone, an employee at an NGO for adults with disabilities, took a picture of herself flipping off a “silence and respect” sign at the Arlington Cemetery.
The controversial picture sparked outrage on Facebook, where a “Fire Lindsey Stone” page was created, and thousands supported the initiative with a “Like.”
As I reported yesterday, Stone's employer, LIFE, suspended her, along with the coworker who took the photo.
“The photo has since been removed from Facebook, and both employees have been placed on unpaid leave pending the results of an internal investigation,” they state.
Lindsey fights those who dub her actions disrespectful, even disgusting:
“OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country,” she writes on Facebook, defending her actions.
The picture signified “challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted the night before, of me smoking right next to a no smoking sign,” she adds, according to Gawker.
It seems like, in this day and age, the silliest of things are dubbed offensive. Lindsey's photo may be in bad taste, but does anyone have the right to censor her and ask for her dismissal? Leave your response in the comment section.
Lindsey Stone is a pig.. I'm not sure who would hire someone like that but don't ever expect me to do business with you.
Comment #1.1 by: Concerned on 22 Nov 2012, 16:03 GMT
As a Vietnam veteran this organization needs to take a long look at who they hire and their particular ideology,I can't believe this is just a comment of no meaning as I find this type of ideology within a number of people coming from non-profits. If I was a donor discontinuing my giving to this organization would be appropriate!
As for these two Employee's and representative of this state/federal license non-profit they need to be terminated and not rehired under any circumstances. My tax dollars pay for the administering of these non-profits. I've spoken to individuals from some of these organizations in the past and find them far left of center even quasi militancy toward the military.
This is just another reason why I give to military organizations and the salvation army
Comment #1.2 by: brucecstr on 23 Nov 2012, 02:06 GMT
you must like censorship and our lack of free speech also I had uncles who defended this country cousins and nephews also defending this country but I also believe in free speech no matter how rediculous it my seem to people
Don't try to defend your stupid actions. Just admit you made a mistake, say your sorry and move on. Defiance will get you nothing in this case. There are other ways to 'challenge authority' that don't disrespect others, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. You may not have intended it that way, but perception is what matters, not your intent.
She may exercise her freedom of speech rights; however, the very sign she stood next too requested "silence and respect" on ground that is considered sacred to those who served, gave their lives and their loved ones. Her total disregard and disrespectful behavior is not excusable and certainly not comparable to her previous posting of smoking next to a "no smoking" sign. It just reinforces the despicable person that she is.
Comment #4 by: kitty cat on 22 Nov 2012, 20:22 UTC
The "silliest of things" ? and "obviously we meant no disrespect?" So the writer thinks so little of Arlington, the final resting place of meny of our nations heros and the "ladies" (and I use that term loosly) have No respect at all? How very sad, I wonder who raised these three to be so callous! Their words and actions are disgusting to any real American!!
I believe as an adult she should know the difference between silliness and offensive behavior. There is a place for silliness but not in a cemetary meant to honor the men and women who have died for our country.
Comment #6 by: God Bless the USA on 22 Nov 2012, 21:21 UTC
This photo is not just the normal offensive, The Tomb of the Unknown is sacred ground as well as the rest of the cemetery. If she wants to go around and "challenge" authority find but not here. Her "challenge" of authority also says something about the kind of person she really is.
This is offensive, and disrespectful to those souls seeking eternal rest and peace at Arlington. They earned that right. They deserve much better. You want to make a statement like that take it to the Whitehouse or Capitol.
Comment #9 by: Mary Margaret on 23 Nov 2012, 01:56 UTC
Fire them! In a hallowed cemetery such as Arlington, follow the rules and respect where you are. She set a poor example and then had the stupidity to put it on Facebook. Sheesh! I know people who have not been hired for jobs because of what they posted on Facebook, no matter how qualified they were for the jobs. If you don't want it out there for the world to see, don't do it, and if you do, don't post it in a public domain such as Facebook.
Comment #10 by: brucecstr on 23 Nov 2012, 02:04 UTC
This is the reason the right to free speech is disappearing in this country, also we no longer have the right to stand up against the goverbment without reprocussions she should have her job back and people need to learn that we all have a right to show how we feel about censorship and right to free speech.
Comment #11 by: highwheeler50 on 23 Nov 2012, 02:06 UTC
the people that GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR HER did not think it was silly when they went to war what right does she have to do that she should be fired from her job joking or not very heartless and s far as her smoking by a no smoking sign that is a compleatly stupid thing to bring up men and women have died for this country and she has the gall to compare that to smoking
Tell this moron that disrespecting our honored dead is not funny,the men and women who rest there are some of our best and brightest,some gave there lives so we can live free,but in the America that I served(Marine Corps)free speech is still allowed,even for morons.
Comment #15 by: oldman577 on 23 Nov 2012, 02:46 UTC
Why do people think thay have to post everything thay do on facebook? As if anyone cares in the first place As what she did was in poor taste it,s not something that she should loose her job over . her empolyer should not be looking at facebook in the first place, that,s none of there buisness in the first place.
Douchebaggery and idiocy are freedoms earned by those lying in those fields. Employers also have rights to fire those in their orgs that reveal themselves as such. An employer struggling to keep a company afloat in the current "new normal" can't afford to keep an obvious moron on the payroll
Those people fought and died for her to have the right to do those things. So by whining and moaning about being offended, you dishonor the sacrifice of your fellow countrymen. Those people are dead and don't care, so stop being fools and dismissing that sacrifice because you're offended by ill thought antics that harm no one. Move on.
Comment #21 by: expatyankee on 28 Nov 2012, 17:15 UTC
How ironic the people she is disrespecting, defended her right to say it,some with their life! One can only hope, with maturity comes the intelligence to appreciate the sacrifice of others and to know when something is not funny at the expense of someone else!