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Shepard Fairey talks about the Obama-as-Joker poster

August 10, 2009 |  5:26 pm


As someone who helped enshrine Barack Obama in the electorate's mind through the creation of a poster, Shepard Fairey has been thinking a good deal about another poster that depicts the president in bold aesthetic terms.

Our friends at the Top of the Ticket blog recently spoke by phone to Fairey about his views on the poster of Obama as Heath Ledger's Joker from "The Dark Knight."

"I have my doubts about the person's intelligence," Fairey said. "It's not grammatically correct. It would be 'socialist' ... Obama is not Marx. He didn't create socialism."

At the same time, the L.A. street artist complimented the strength of the message: "The artwork is great in that it gets a point across really quickly. The Joker is a sinister, evil character that can't be trusted. And if they want to make that parallel with Obama -- bam."

The poster portraying Obama in gruesome Joker face has appeared on surfaces near L.A. freeways as well as online. The creator of the poster, who is still unknown, used an existing photograph of Obama from Time magazine.

To read Top of the TIcket's full interview with Fairey, click here.

-- David Ng

Credit: KTLA

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it's a hate crime?

criminal charges?

let's not dwell on the past... look to the future, ignore these criminals!

sound familiar?

Obama as The Joker: In the Ledger reincarnation of The Joker, the character is really a mirror held up to society (and Batman) to force the viewer to realize the hypocrisy and self-delusion of the society and various roles in it. Indeed, the term "Socialism" is bantered about, mostly by the thoughtless "Right", but if one thinks further, are not the roads, police, much of emergency services, education, defense of the Nation by the armed forces and appropriate regulation, CDC, etc. all socialism, yet all of us have come to see those services as a fabric of our non-socialism life. The poster is great art in the sense that it can force thoughtfulness. That said, as someone who voted for President Obama, it seems disrespectful of a President of the U.S. I believe I would feel the same if former President Bush were portrayed as a vampire.


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