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http://bedlammagazine.com/06news/myster ... appears-la

"Mystery Obama/Joker Poster Appears in L.A.

A poster of Barack Obama in Heath Ledger-style Joker make-up with the legend 'Socialism' beneath it has been popping up recently on surfaces around L.A. It does not appear to be in the same category as the many benign take-offs on the Shepard Fairey 'Hope' poster, such as the one by Australian James Lillis (more of a straightforward spoof that merely substituted a Shepardized image of Heath Ledger as Joker on the Obama poster).

It's also not very artful. More challenging is the work of artists who create startling juxtapositions that are overtly political but have a subtle subtext. A brilliant example is Robert Reynolds' "Wheaties," with an image of Osama bin Laden on a cereal box.

The Joker/Osama poster clearly appears to be a political statement (albeit a confused one -- The Joker is surely a capitalist opposed to any kind of regulation) -- a sort of negative version of artist Ron English's Lincoln/Obama poster.

But is it serious? We'd like to know who the artist is and whether this is the sort of provocative guerilla public art that is intended to encourage people to think (although about what, we're not sure).
Ron English, "Lincoln/Obama"

We suspect not. The Joker white-face imposed on Obama's visage has a sort of malicious, racist, Jim Crow quailty to it that prompts us to ask, as Stephen Colbert puts it, "vomit, come on up."

UPDATE: The original Joker/Obama image (see below) was apparently created by Firas Khateeb, a student living in Chicago. However, whoever adapted it as a poster and added the legend, "socialism," is still a mystery."
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KNEEL13 wrote: The Joker/Osama poster clearly appears to be a political statement (albeit a confused one -- The Joker is surely a capitalist opposed to any kind of regulation) -- a sort of negative version of artist Ron English's Lincoln/Obama poster.
oooops, looks like they needs to proof read their stuff a bit better.
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Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:59 pm

Fan art ?
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Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:02 pm

Racist my ass
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johnr1311 wrote:Racist my ass
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oxygen wrote:Fan art ?
yes, kinda like this
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Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:36 pm

What up T-killa!!

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Non-Fiction wrote:What up T-killa!!

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I just saw on MSNBC where they were saying that the Joker represents a Raciest Urban character. Then they showed a pic of Bush with the same type of face but said that villain comic characters only represent raciest tones if it is on a black man versus a white man. Can someone explain that?? Are you kidding me? We have a BLACK President and we STILL are considered a raciest society.
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http://infowars-shop.stores.yahoo.net/obamashirts.html

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The original Joker/Obama image created by Firas Khateeb, a student living in Chicago.

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Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:34 pm

The PROGRESS paster was put up in my neighborhood during the weekend of the White Walls exhibit last year. Noticed today, someone added a little something below it.

Funny, I don't think the folks in San Francisco are all that adverse to socialism, so, the message may not have the desired effect.
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