The woman who is the subject of a now-viral picture taken by a White House photographer lost her job because of the image of her flipping off the presidential motorcade.
The woman, Juli Briskman, has been hailed as a “she-ro” and was the subject of a #Her2020 hashtag campaign, but she told the Huffington Post that she was fired because of the now infamous photograph.
Briskman decided when she went into work on Monday that she would tell her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, about the photo, but by Tuesday, she had been informed that she violated the company’s social media policy because she used the image on her Twitter and Facebook pages as her profile picture.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,‘” said Briskman. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
Briskman pointed out that was not at work when the picture was taken, and there is no mention of her employer on her social media pages.
Briskman said that she was particularly mad because a male employee had been able to keep his job despite having Akima as his cover photo on Facebook and calling someone “a f***ing Libtard a**hole” on Facebook.
The man was able to keep his job after deleting the post.
“How is that any less ‘obscene’ than me flipping off the president?” she asked. “How is that fair?”
As far as what was going through her head in the moments leading up to her decision to give the POTUS a big ‘F–K you,’ Briskman explained, “He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” she said. “I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.”
I flipped off the motorcade a number of times,” she added.
Briskman added that she is planning to look for a new job at an organization she believes in, such as Planned Parenthood, and that she is proud of the fact that she is part of protest imagery that is resonating so much with Americans right now.
“In some ways, I’m doing better than ever,” she said. “I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”