The managers of the iconic Empire State Building in New York often light up the sides and top of the building for special occasions; think green for St. Patrick’s Day, red and green for Christmas, and red, white, and blue for Fourth of July.
Last night, the managers decided to honor the front line emergency workers who have been working tirelessly through the pandemic by lighting up the building in red with a circulating white signal, meant to look like emergency flashing light on an ambulance.
A tweet on the building’s official Twitter account on Monday read:
“Starting tonight through the COVID-19 battle, our signature white lights will be replaced by the heartbeat of America with a white and red siren in the mast for heroic emergency workers on the front line of the fight.”
The tweet might not have gotten much attention, but the building did. If they meant it to be comforting, it failed. Instead, the lighting made it seem like the city was going into full panic mode and sending out a distress signal.
The situation seemed eerily similar to the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, where many listeners didn’t know it was a fictional story and believed aliens were invading Earth.