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Obama Joker artist unmasked: A fellow Chicagoan

Firas-alkhateed  

When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "Batman" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image?

Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain?

Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago.

Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.

Alkhateeb had been tinkering with the program to improve the looks of photos he had taken on his clunky Kodak camera. The Joker project was his grandest undertaking yet. Using a tutorial he'd found online about how to "Jokerize" portraits, he downloaded the October 23 Time Magazine cover of Obama and began digitally painting over it.

Four or five hours later, he happily had his product.

Obama-joker-time On Jan. 18, Alkhateeb uploaded the image to photo-sharing site Flickr (shown at right). Over the next two months, he amassed just a couple thousand hits, he said.

Then the counter exploded after a still-anonymous rogue famously found his image, digitally removed the references to Time Magazine, captioned the picture with the word "socialism" and hung printed copies around L.A., making headlines.

Alkhateeb's original Flickr page surpassed 20,000 views. The Times found his Flickr site last week thanks to a tip left by a loyal reader of The Ticket. By Friday, the page had been taken down.

On Alkhateeb's page, a manipulated image condemning fellow Chicagoan and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (captioned "epic fail") was mixed in with parodies of the "Guitar Hero" game franchises -- dubbed Quran Hero -- and of Napoleon riding a motorcycle (pictured after the jump).

Flickr had removed the Joker image due to copyright-infringement concerns, Alkhateeb says the company told him in an e-mail. A Flickr spokeswoman declined to comment due to a company policy that bars discussing inquiries about individual users.

Alkhateeb says he wasn't actively trying to cover his tracks, but he did want to lay low. He initially had concerns about ...

... connecting his name with anything critical of the president -- especially living in Chicago, where people are "very, very liberal," he said.

"After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ," Alkhateeb said. "From my perspective, there wasn't much substance to him."

"I abstained from voting in November," he wrote in an e-mail. "Living in Illinois, my vote means close to nothing as there was no chance Obama would not win the state." If he had to choose a politician to support, Alkhateeb said, it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Napoleon Possibly becoming a villain in his home city wasn't his only worry. Time's cover and the Joker obviously aren't Alkhateeb's copyrights to fool around with.

Concerned about a lawsuit, Alkhateeb, an unnamed superstar whose nationally recognized artwork had stunned friends and family, was relieved that the situation had floated for months without any major news organizations discovering that he was the man behind the paint.

After we contacted him, he hesitantly agreed to an interview.

If it's any consolation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization that defends digital rights, says Alkhateeb has a strong fair-use defense if Time or DC Comics decides to take him to court -- that is if one even does file a lawsuit.

"You really want to think twice about going after a political commenter," said Corynne McSherry, a senior staff attorney at the EFF. In Time's case, "a news organization probably doesn't want to be in the situation of pursuing political criticism."

Perhaps the strongest case for anyone, McSherry said, is for Alkhateeb to claim money derived from people selling T-shirts with his picture. Is it worth pursuing? "It would be nice, but it's not that big of a deal," Alkhateeb said.

Although Alkhateeb claims he was making no political statement with the artwork, he's plugged into the Washington debate. Though born in the United States, his Palestinian family closely follows Middle Eastern politics.

"I think he's definitely doing better than Bush was," Alkhateeb said of Obama. Alkhateeb's views on foreign relations align with the Democrats, he said, while he prefers Republican ideals on domestic issues.

Alkhateeb's assessment of Obama: "In terms of domestic policy, I don't think he's really doing much good for the country right now," he said. "We don't have to 'hero worship' the guy."

Someday, Alkhateeb hopes to be a history teacher and high school football coach. He won't be pursuing a full-time career in art, but he'll continue playing with Photoshop on the side. He's honored by Shepard Fairey's assessment of his Joker picture, but disagrees with some of Fairey's comments criticizing the message of the Socialism poster.

"He made a picture of Bush as a vampire," Alkhateeb said about Fairey. "That's kind of speaking with two faces."

Regardless, Alkhateeb does agree with the Obama "Hope" artist about "socialism" being the wrong caption for the Joker image. "It really doesn't make any sense to me at all," he said. "To accuse him of being a socialist is really ... immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"

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Photo credits: Firas Alkhateeb

 
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Images have power, and in this case, a naive photo-shopper, not an artist, has presented a powerful amalgum of race-baiting black face imagery with the mega-evil Joker. And the ultraright hate-mongers love it. Surprised? Now the image is being used to undermine and intimidate the most intelligent, committed and successful president we've seen in a long while. And it fits real nicely with assault- rifled apoplectic mobs shouting lies and vitriol. And now this jerk may be interested in making money from it. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Many people here are stating that "socialism" is evil. Are these people saying that the British government is evil? Are they saying that the Swedish and Norwegian governments are evil? How about them Canadiens and their "socialized" medicine, are they evil too? If socialism is evil, then why is the United States having the socialist British and Canadien governments help us in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Go a step further, if as so many of you idiots contend, that socialism can only lead to totalitarian communism, then why haven't these examples followed that path? It might be interesting to look around your own homes, and see if you've purchased anything from those evil commies in China lately, because if you did, you are obviously contributing to "evil" itself. Grow up ya rednecks.

Really? A Kucinich supporter? How ironic that he would label Obama a "socialist". As a supporter of Kucinich myself, I can tell you his politics are far left of Obama's.

Haha good one Alkhateeb. And I am lad you are not coveting fame or money.

Obama is not really a Socialist, he is an idealist. He intends well, he is just a bit naive. There is a world where we think we can solve all ills (by making promises and borrowing money) and the real world where we have to have a little less today so we can have more tomorrow. Being debt free gives a nation freedom, opportunity and democracy. Borrowing beyond our means helped create the current housing and credit crises and may soon make our government bankrupt.

- Charles Jackson Portland.

Some genius you are Firas Alkhateeb. It's not rocket science to doctor up images today with Photoshop...and you become a celebrity for it. Go read some more history books and educate yourself. You of all people coming from an oppressed background with your people. You want you cake and eat it too. You like Obama's foreign policies but not his domestic ones. Which domestic policy would those be? Wanting equality and social justice for all. Give me a break, there is nothing wrong with wanting all people to have access to health care and at the same time putting these bloodsucking insurance companies in their place. The real jokers out there are those opposed to this simple and fundamental principal. Jesus Christ was a socialist and that was bad I guess.

This little arrogant Firas thinks he will regarded and received as truly "America" by the neo-cons; good luck with that. The republicans will use you, chew and spit your bones. For all they cared, you are just another "rag head". Cheers.

Where was the "outrage" when the pictures of Bush as the Joker made their way into the media?

Just sayin...

This Joker/Obama poster spread so wide and fast because in resonates! If I were a lefty I'd be concerned about that and be asking 'why?'. Hayek said socialism is evil, so did Adam Smith, Joseph Schumpeter, Milton Friedman, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham, my dad, and on and on and on....

Danile Hubbell: "Socialism was the core principles of Hitler and Mussolini." Wow. I can picture Mr Hubbell spilling the Dorito crumbs from his Miller gut as he rolls off his couch during Glenn Beck commercials (the few that remain) to write that. I don't dispute that America's economic policy is getting dangerously close to that of Hitler's and Mussolini's, but that system is facsim or corporatism and is very scary, but very far from socialism.

I also liked Patrick Hamilton's comment, "When those from the "Middle East" can come here, utilize our resources to achieve their personal agenda openly without shame is truly the end of life as TRUE RED BLOODED AMERICANS once knew..."
- Just switch "Middle East" with "Europe", and red blooded with red skinned.
- What color do you think Firas Alkhateeb's blood it?
-Do you not think that we use a few resources from the "Middle East"? Where do you think the gas came from that drove your home to the field it sits in now? Or do we at least do it with shame?

Funny how the American political left is enraged over this work of art...yet the same liberals shed nary a tear when W's image was routinely morphed into that of a chimpanzee or Adolph Hitler.

The left can dish "it" out....but it surely cannot take "it."

Funny, just like the claims of the MSM and leftwingers that VP Cheney was the source of the Valerie Plame leak and it turned out to be another Democrat Dick Amitage whereby the story died an instant death in the lefty-MSM and demands of impeachment or imprisonment for the real culprit were never heard again.

This time all the speculation was that this was a hate driven, right-wing conspiracy, racial slur of the Messiah and it turns out to be another left wing citizen.

Of course the MSM will continue to play the right wing conspiracy until they run out of hot air.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

It could not more true in this case!

I'm *so* disappointed. I just knew for sure that it was gonna be a white redneck racist. And I wonder just how disappointed the left is going to be now that a non-white, non-redneck turns out to be the artist... :)

Wait...Did he say that his domestic policy aligns with the Republicans AND that he would have voted for Dennis Kucinich?

By the way, that poster would make much more sense--and a thoughtful political commentary--if the caption read, "egoism."

Socialism is evil! Stealing from one group of people (the workers) to give to another group of people (the non-workers) with the intent to make all people slaves of another group of people (the government) is evil. But I suppose you wouldn't learn that in government schools and liberal colleges.

Outstanding artwork & quite accurate. The Corporate Puppeteers are none too happy about the growing popularity of this poster. The Marxist Dems (pathetically) tried to peg it as "racist", but their weak stance was seen through quite easily.

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hey we can call Obama what he is...pure evil and he is a joke.

OOOhhhh, sticks and stones

Socailism is evil because it inherently takes the earnings from the productive members of society and gives to those who are not, and suppresses the liberties of individuals for collectivism. Socialism was the core principles of Hitler and Mussollini. That's why its wrong.

You don't even know what Socialism is, do you. Hitler and Mussollini were not socialists, they were capitalists. Before you say anything, find out what you are talking about. Socialism is an economic system. Social democrats propose selective nationalization of key national industries in mixed economies, while maintaining private ownership of capital and private business enterprise. This prevents what we are expierencing right now, where the wealth of the US is concentrated within the top ONE percent of people in the US. Concentration of wealth destoys capitalism, as there is not enough money stirring the pot as it were.

The reason the Joker image is so effective is because Obama is a joker and he is a socialist. He's basically an under-qualified community organizer who is so far out of his league that it's frightening. Thank God the American people are waking up and will be rid of him and a huge number of his neo-com minions in the Democratic party (and hopefully we'll purge all those liberal R.I.N.O.s as well). Obama is the latest joker-puppet for George Soros and the money-changers. If you want real reform in this country then break free from the criminals in the Federal Reserve...they are a bunch of devils who leach off the uninformed citizens of America; not to mention that they are a private institution operating on behalf of private interests, not American citizens. The most prosperous times in America have been the few times we managed to break free from the international banking cartels. Most people have no clue that not a single dime of your federal income tax dollars goes towards running the country, it only goes to service the national debt, which is owed to the (private) Federal Reserve. Not to mention the fact that the Constitutional Amendment that gave us the income tax did not receive enough votes from the states to ratify the amendment...there is no legal basis for the federal income tax. Wake up people! Do the research.

Why is it when the press writes about a person who didn't like bush they were called names like citizens and when they write about people who don't like Obama they are called things Rogues.

The Napoleon motorcycle picture is a mirror image. It's backwards.

Yet another child of privilege wasting time and his parents money by playing around on the internet. Like most, a Kucinich supporter out of a need to live on the outside. Existing in a political world where he's liberal for all the popular reasons and conservative because others are not. This sort of child's play is reckless but harmless. We should forget him as quckly as the media has felt the need to locate and identify him. Next dog, next pony....

Thanks Faris,

Maybe you can run for president next term since you have so many fans. I'm sure the country of Palestine thanks you too.

Oh, and by the way kids....read a book. Socialism is not what your masters have told you it is and it's really not a good catch phrase. Something like, "Oh, look Gumby's on," might serve you better. If you've seen the recent animated feature "UP" the term, "Squirrel" might best serve to describe the recent conservative mind set. (It's okay, look it up kids, look it up.)

After reading some of theses blogers comments he had good reason to stay in the background. Theses monkeys are scary people. If they can't except the fact that President Obama and his lackys are village idiots then there not watching whatscgoing on in this government. We have more soldiers in the middle east now, we still have Gitmo will still have a faith based system for fund distributions, which the media jumped all over President Bush but have a hands off policy on Obama. We have the hightest unemployment since Carter. In 6 months our deficit has doubled we gave bailout money to businesses that should be closed, foriegn leaders are leading Obama around like he has a ring in his nose, he hasn't fullfilled one campaign promise, such as no past lobbist on his staff no tax evaders (I just slipped that one in) and no ugly women on his staff. Kindest Regards Joe

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He abstained from voting? Dumb.

Well, I guess he doesn't understand the point of a democracy, so it figures. Glad he didn't vote.

Alkhateeb says "To accuse him of being a socialist is really ... immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"
How sad your educational systems has created this wrong impression. Besides that fact that socialism killed over 100 million people in the last century, it is a disease that kills countries. It takes away incentive and pride from the individual, and destroys the work ethic. When everyone owns everything, no one owns anything. Because of this there is great waste because nothing has any value. If your job is to pack fruit you pack fruit whether it's fresh, green, or rotten. People become lazy and loose incentive because you receive the same of amount of goods if you work hard or don't. Time and time again history has proven the socialism does not work, yet the Statist keeps up the big lie that this time things will be better.

Who said socialist is evil? that says it all. Another stupid kid who thinks he know it all. History my boy! History. Guess all the art classes has shrunk filled all his pea brain and the is no room for intelligent thought.

He is one of these people looking for an Obama handout for the arts.

Clearly the caption should have been: "JOKE". A play on hope. a comment on Obama's supposed messianic status, a comment to his performance as a president with a solid majority still pandering to the wingnuts, and, for someone who is a Kucinich supporter, an apt comment. The Socialism moniker is right wing nonesense. You can blather all you want about Socialism but you ain't seeing Socialism out of Obama, at least not what you think Socialism is.

hey if jesus feed a multitued with 2 fishes and 5 loafs of bread obomo can give health care to 50million people
with a couple of bucks

that is why he is the joker

jeff in pa

this is the type of guy we need MORE OF.

He is without hesitatation criticising BOTH the dolts that the two corrupt, bought/purchased parties reliably field to peddle transnational corporate swill to their respective party devotees.

with more people waking up like this guy, both these two payola parties would be out of business. Obama is a joker who is basically the president of Goldman-Sachs, and already sold out the average working american.

Bush was in the pocket of Enron, Halliburton, and every scheming scammmer that whispered in his tone-deaf ear.

all I can say is GOOD JOB MAN.. we need more like you-

to all the AIPAC neolib/neocon shills dropping racist comments at this guy, you show what you really are. you are the reason that under 'bushbama' we are pilfered and declining as a state.

"To accuse him of being a socialist is really ... immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"

Me! It is. There I said it...

Socialism is thought of (by some) as bad because it reminds people of communism and the old USSR. Yet, socialism works just fine for the public school system, for police and fire departments, etc. I doubt anyone would prefer that the fire department be a private, capitalism-based service that only puts out fires at the homes of paid subscribers. Simply put, for some elements of civilization capitalism does not work, so socialism is used instead. But some folks still think of Breshnev's eyebrows when they hear the word, instead of thinking of their favorite elementary school teachers, or the heroes who put out their house fire.

"To accuse him of being a socialist is really ... immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"

If it's not evil then why is accusing Obama of Socialism immature? Fairey accused Bush of being Satan, and Hitler, and so on.

How about the fact that the -ahem- "art" was used without permission or giving him credit and royalties on all the propaganda being sold? That is clearly a "free for all" or socialist action.
Also, the Joker is an anarchist, by his own admission.
There are at least four comments below praising Alkhateeb for the socialism message despite his criticism of it and the fact that he had nothing to do with it.

When are the Beck/Hannity/Dittos going to just come out and say
"WHOO-HOO!!!
I DON'T HAVE TO EVEN READ THE ARTICLE, JUST CHIME IN AND REAFFIRM MY STUPIDITY" ?

A quote from the artist:

"It really doesn't make any sense to me at all," he said. "To accuse him of being a socialist is really ... immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"

One of the Lib's very own is the creator of this masterpiece! This image is iconic...

BTW, why so stimulus?

Sweet! Dude, YOU ROCK!!!
All Comrade Obama needs now is a hammer & sickle on his lapel!

What's really funny is that the MSM were ready to uncover some conservative person or group to hang a "hate" or "racism" label on. Oh, they were working so hard to tie this to a Republican...

In the last line of the article it seems to attempt to leave you with the idea that "who said being a socialist is evil?" The idea of socialism in theory is not evil, however the people at the top of the social food chain (which there will always be these powerful players) have shown throw history that socialism is simply a means by which they gain the legitimacy to transfer wealth from the "workers" to those very few who sit atop the of the social food chain...People, I beg you to study your history on the dictators throughout history. If you look closely you will find striking similarities between the policies of these tyrants and dictators in the past and present and the policies our government is trying to put in place right now. These polices where put in place just prior to completely taking control of a nation by a tyrant. Gun control, Planned Parenthood (abortion services to weed out bad genes), Child Protective Services with the ability to kidnap any child at will, a central bank with carte blanche over the nations monetary policy, and many other examples. Please study your history people and understand what is happening!!!

Vanity Fair had Bush as The Joker about a year ago. I don't remember any protests to that.

What else can be said, Obama is a joker.

Thank you for not printing my comment (NOT). Do you print only those comments that you agree with?????

"Socailism is evil because it inherently takes the earnings from the productive members of society and gives to those who are not . . . " D Hubbell

So it's completely different from our bank bail-outs and other forms of American-style corporate welfare in exactly what sense? That the earnings are distributed to the wealthy? Socialism in its purest sense does result in the collective suppressing the autonomy of the individual, but that said, there are many countries in western Europe that have elements of socialism, and the living standard for working people there is simply much higher than it is in the US . . .

I APPLAUD AND COMMEND THIS GENTLEMAN FOR TAKING SUCH A RISK AND CHANCE SET THIS IN MOTION DUE TO THE FACT AND RALITY THAT THE RADICAL, ULTRA LEFTWING ZEALOTS WITH THE PRIVILEGES OPPURTUNITIES RICH WEALTHY MONEYTARY POWER FROM WALL STREET WASHINGTON HOLLYWOOD AND CHICAGO ILLINOIS THAT THEY ARE BESTOWED WITH AND OR MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM.THEY ARE STILL COMPLAINING WITH THE MAKING OF FALSE STATEMENTS AS TO WHO AND OR WHICH PARTY IS THE ENABLERS OF THE RICH WEALTHY FAT CATS . THE CAPITO; WRAPUP FROM THE YEAR 2003 HAS ESTABLIHED THIS AS A FACT THAT IT IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY .I TREVOR MERCHANT DO NOT NEED TO RELY ON AND OR EMPLOY THE AFOREMENTIONED AS I WERE WELL AWARE OF THIS FACT LONG AGO . ANYONE WITH KNOWLEDGE IS POWER AND THE SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE TRUTHFULLY IS EMPOWERMENT . TO QUOTE .UNQUOTE SHOULD ALSO BE WELL AWARE OF SUCH . I DO NOT ENGAGE AND OR ASSERT OPINION AND OR GOSSIP RATHER I ONLY SET FORTH AND OR RELY ON KNOWLEDGE THAT IS TRUTHFULL WITH THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AS TRUE AND CORRECT . BARACK OBAMA WITH HIS RICH WEALTHY LIE-BERALS ROBBER BARONS ON WALL STREET AND CHICAGO ILLINOIS WITH PENNY PRITZKER AS HIS CHAIRWOMAN FOR HIS 2008 PRESIDENTIAL FINANCE CAMPAIGN IS CLEAR AN CONVINCING EVIDENCE AS TRUE AND CORRECT WHEREIN THEY THE ROBBER BARONS GAVE TO HIM AS DISCLOSED TO THE FEC SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY NINE MILLION DOLLARS FOR HIM TO BUY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA . THE WALL STREET ROBBER BARONS ARE SOME OF WHOM ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CURRENT GLOBAL CRISIS GOLDMAN SACHS J.P MORGAN CHASE MORGAN STANLEY GEORGE THE DEVIL SOROS AMONG OTHERS INFUTURE DRAFTS I WILLBROADEN AND EXPAND MY ARGUEMENTS AND LANGUAGES TREVOR MERCHANT BRNX NEW YORK CITY TUESDAY AUGUST 18.2009

I wonder what the Republicans will think of the poster creator when they find out he's an Arab.

I dont know why everyone is all upset and bent out of shape on Jobama picture. Its the funniest thing ever.

When Bush was still Pres, i remember illustrations of him with HUGE monkey looking ears. I dont recall people getting mad about that. I think they were laughing at it more. It even looked like him.

Now since this college student did this, tabloids and everyone are saying making fun of people is wrong?

"To accuse him of being a socialist is really ... immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"

Immature? So calling something as it is, is immature? The guy is nationalizing every industry. I don't see how much more socialist one can get.

Yes, there has been issues regarding communism in history, and the misnomer of socialism that really was fascism. I have a problem with how most American schools teach history because of the distinct lack of neutrality. It is sad, but not surprising that most Americans have not figured this out. For crying out loud, these naysayers probably can't even point to Iraq or Afghanistan on the map! My point is, it is DEFINITELY not evil to be socialist. Most of CURRENT European countries have socialized medicine, for example, and it is a SUCCESS! So if you boneheads are looking for an example, there is one currently! You McCarthyist idiots are chapping my butt! And I love the idiot who responded with "terrorist." It is testament to the idiocy that has spread over this country like a disease. The terror you idiots feel is the shame of your own wrongdoing in your hearts, and that is what was meant in the scripture of Al-Qur'an. May the real terrorists (said finger-pointing, ignorant fools) live in fear for the rest of their lives and thereafter, because of the warlords they continue to support! Like ISRAEL! With their growing list of atrocities, they make the Taliban look like a circus sideshow!
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