Saturday, February 04, 2012

I'm Sure They'll Say This Is Racist, Or Something

Any piece of art against President Bush was heralded as some great truth-to-power demonstration, and proof of the "courage" of the artist to stand up to The Big Evil. I doubt we'll be hearing about 1st Amendment rights and artistic expression regarding the painting shown here:
In front of the White House a man is sitting on a park bench in the throes of depression. He is surrounded by all 43 presidents. In the forefront, purposefully ignoring the depressed man is President Obama, whose right foot is stepping on the Constitution. James Madison is next to Obama, pleading with him to stop.

This tableau is called “The Forgotten Man”, a painting by Jon McNaughton, an artist who is known for his politically-charged work.

The painting, which uses objects such as discarded dollar bills as symbols and scraps of paper with individual constitutional amendments scrawled onto them, has been making the rounds across the Internet.
I don't think it's a big secret that most artists of any stripe are liberals, that's why this is so novel.


gbradley said...

A friend posted a picture of the White House on Facebook.
One of the comments was "Nice !...too bad the residents are killing the property value !"
I'm sure that there was no Racist undertones, but if people want to see it that way, how can you stop them.

distantdrummer said...

I hope that more people will seek to express their opposition for Obama in effective ways. I started a website; and I have begun to post political art to help people see what is wrong with Obama. I hope to create a social movement of opposition to Obama. Each week, until the election, I will put new artwork on the site. If you want to help defeat Obama, tell someone about the artwork. Or buy a t-shirt and wear it wherever you go! Its the message that we need to take to the voters who might vote for Obama.