Two weeks ago, Iranian pro-democracy activists asked the Empire State Building Company to turn on the green lights of the famous skyscraper tonight in solidarity with their freedom movement.
The Empire State Building Company said no. But then it said that instead of turning the green lights on for a free Iran, it would turn the green lights on for the 70th anniversary of the Emerald City in “The Wizard of Oz.”
OK, so things work out. The company gets to be Bert Lahr, and the small-d democrats get their color at a King Kong height to go with their other anti-dictatorship demonstrations, which will include the unfurling of a nearly-mile-long green banner across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Green like water. All of this is to remind Iran’s “president” Mahmound Ahmadinejad, who is visiting New York City, that his June “election” was a fraud and the whole Iranian theocratic dictatorship, from the Supreme Leader on down, is illegitimate.
Green was the official campaign color of Ahmadinejad’s 2009 election rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi. To Ahmadinejad, the very sight of green may be like water on a Wicked Witch.
Any day of the year, there’s nothing like tall green art-deco to say freedom.