Lefties loathe capitalism*. And that beautiful bull sculpture symbolizing the power, freedom, and wealth capitalism produces must have been a thorn in the sides of the anti-capitalists which represent the left.
So when the sculpture of the playful little girl showed up appearing to face down the bull, the left cheered. Right on cue, De Blasio slams Charging Bull as symbol of ‘unfettered capitalism’. Ah yes, capitalism, that boogie man of the left.
Sherri and Rob Tracinski nailed it in ‘Fearless Girl’ Is What Happens When Art Is Only About Politics. Here's an excerpt:
It was created by Italian artist Arturo Di Modica after the stock market crash of 1987 as a representation of his adopted country’s vitality and resilience. Di Modica placed it in front of the New York Stock Exchange in secret overnight, and it was received so well that it was eventually given a permit and a permanent location in the Financial District.
Now Di Modica is complaining because the “Fearless Girl” hijacked his work of art—for promotional purposes, no less—and is attempting to give it a new meaning. What was created as a symbol of vitality and prosperity is now recast as a symbol of rapacious capitalism and toxic masculinity, to be faced down by “girl power.”
This is what happens when art becomes just about politics.
*Lefties loath capitalism, although they certainly like that large pool of tax receipts. But never learned the lesson from the parable of the goose that laid the golden eggs. They don't seem to realize that if they kill it, no more eggs. The residents of Venezuela are learning the lesson, however slowly.