A photo of a man humping the "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street went viral -- his disturbing gesture toward what was meant to be a symbol of the power of women sparking outrage.
In the picture, the man can be seen humping the statue, which was installed recently as a way to symbolize women in power.
"Almost as if out of central casting, some Wall Street finance broseph appeared and started humping the statue while his gross date rape-y friends laughed and cheered him on," Alexis Kaloyanides, who took the photo, wrote in a Facebook post.
"He pretended to have sex with the image of a little girl. Douchebags like this are why we need feminism. This guy and a few of his friends showed up, acting lewd and entitled. We all shouted at him to get lost, check his privilege, etc."
Many viewers shamed the man for his gesture toward the statue after the story went viral.
"When you have a president that says comments like 'grab 'em by the p...', its no wonder that people are starting to act like this. It's disgusting, and this 'man' should be ashamed of himself," one Daily Mail reader commented.
The statue was installed ahead of International Women's Day, a worldwide celebration and demonstration of women. It was put in place by State Street Global Advisors, the third-largest asset manager in the world, and was put in front of the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull.
State Street cited a lack of gender diversity as an issue that inspired the statue.
"There has been a lot of discussion on this topic, but the needle hasn't moved materially," the company's deputy global chief investment officer, Lori Heinel, told Business Insider.
"One of the most iconic images on Wall Street is the charging bull. So the idea of having a female sort of stand against the bull or stand up to the bull just struck us as a very clever but also creative and engaging way to make that statement. Even though it's a little girl, her stance is one of determination, forwardness, and being willing to challenge and take on the status quo."
State Street said it wants each company it targets to have at least one female board member in the hopes that it will be a step toward fixing the gender gap.
"We're not going to always automatically vote against the company, but we want to make sure there are tangible, concrete measures they are taking," Heinel said.