“Besides the allusion to the President as a psychopath and more insidiously, a man behind a mask, does the chalk exploit race by suggesting the man is playing at being white?”
This column was up today on Huffingtonpost, and its easily the dumbest take on the “Obama/Joker/Socialism” posters I’ve seen so far. First of all, straight off the bat, it’s a terribly written column. Michael Shaw says virtually NOTHING original or of merit in it; I assume he must have been on deadline and so he farted out this mess of “uh right-wingers are crazy I guess they’ve been crazier lately huh?”. That’s not a column dude, that’s barely even worthy of casual conversation with friends over some drinks. One of the problems with the LA Weekly’s take is that they asserted that “the only thing missing was a noose” without offering any kind of justification for that whatsoever. Michael Shaw does them one better by escalating up the racial rhetoric without offering ANY EVIDENCE that there is something racial about this poster. Hey guys: the character of “The Joker”, from “The Batman” movies, is a clown. Clowns wear makeup. The Joker was wearing make-up. “The Dark Knight” was the biggest movie of last year, by far. If this was a blackface version of the Joker, you might be on to something here. But just because Obama is black doesn’t mean that there’s obviously a racial connection in any attack against him. It also isn’t suggesting that Obama is hiding behind a “mask”. THIS IS WHAT THAT POSTER SUGGESTS:
1) Obama is evil, like the Joker is evil.
2) Obama is a socialist.
THAT’S ALL. A reasonable response to the poster would be to say “hey wasn’t the Joker just kind of an evil anarchist who yearned for senseless destruction? Isn’t socialism uh sort of the opposite of that? Doesn’t that make this poster a particularly poorly-thought out piece of political art?” But rather than say sensible things like that, we have this gem from Shaw:
“What I’m also concerned about, aside from the psycho-Joker reference, is the association to violence (emphasized by the gang tags in the background), Obama with the bloody mouth and, particularly, a couple of black eyes.” YOU SIR ARE A MORON. VISIT A CITY SOMETIME AND SEE SOME “GANG” GRAFFITI, AND RENT THE DARK KNIGHT FOR FUCK’S SAKE.
Ugh man I shouldn’t write these things before I have coffee.