05
Aug
09

obama socialism pt 2

previously on….

“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.

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2 Responses to “obama socialism pt 2”


  1. August 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    ack yeah, that is an awful column.

    right wing media (fox nation, g.beck) have been playing this thing up as evidence that there is a double standard, that no one is allowed make fun of obama. last year some magazine ran a similar caricature of bush as the joker, and these conservatives were saying, where was the outrage then? i thought it was a bullshit argument because i wasn’t aware there really was outrage over this thing. but i guess not.

    also i think there is a chance these posters were a silly, juvenile attempt at a pro-obama message. the joker became a kind of folk antihero after that movie, like tony montana or john dillinger. it seems like if you wanted to make him look bad, especially anonymously, you wouldn’t pick a hugely popular character that’s on t-shirts and posters everywhere, but osama bin ladin or hitler, stalin, something like that.

    although the opposite is probably the case. it doesn’t make much sense to me either way.

  2. 2 hamthechimp
    August 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I think the thing that I find most irritating about this is that I seem to agree with Glenn Beck and Fox News and The National Review Online, that this does seem to be a double standard about not making fun of Obama, and I HATE having to agree with those assholes. I think that there truthfully isn’t much outrage about this poster, and that right-wingers are taking advantage of what few examples of outrage they can find in order to show the obvious hypocrisy. Which is why I’m angry at this dude on Huffington and the LA Weekly, because they are crying wolf and fairly getting called out on it.


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