First Lady Michelle Obama depicted as a Slave

As the 2012 presidential election draws near, the disrespect so intensely aimed at the first family is reaching new heights. Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Internet is abuzz with news that first lady Michelle Obama is appearing on another magazine cover, but in this case it is far from truth. The so-called “‘cover” belongs to that of Magazine Fuera de Serie, a Spanish publication, that superimposed a picture of Mrs. Obama’s face onto that of artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist’ in a painting titled “Portrait D’Une Négresse.” The work shows Michelle as a slave, swaddled in what appears to be an American flag with one of her breasts exposed.
Since the work has been released online, it’s sparked outrage from people calling the work offensive and racist. Not so, says the artist, who worked with Fuera de Serie on the image. Artist Karine Percheron-Daniels defends the artistic choice, saying that it shows an “alternative unexpected reality” by allowing the viewer to see “famous individuals in a different way.”

Percheron-Daniels also depicted Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, and yes, Barack Obama, as nude for the magazine, only Michelle’s piece has sparked outrage so far. The president’s portrait has yet to surface online.

Michelle’s slave transformation accompanies a piece that translates roughly to Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America that is said to be glorifying the first lady for triumphing even with slave roots. Michelle’s great-great grandfather and great-great-great grandmother were both slaves. “I’m sure Obama would love it,” added Karrine Percheron-Daniels on the piece.”I hope that someday she can see it.”

If you feel the photos are indeed offensive, mark this the second time in recent weeks that thinly veiled racism has been hurled the first lady’s way. Earlier this month, a Puerto Rican adviser was criticized for tweeting that President Barack Obama should buy the first lady a double-banana sundae and take her to Kenya for her birthday. “Take her to Burger King, buy her a sundae with double banana, take her to your homeland, Kenya,” wrote the woman online. Charming,isn’t it?

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9 thoughts on “First Lady Michelle Obama depicted as a Slave

  1. There’s good and bad signs regarding articles like this.

    The good is that it shows that we are vigilant and willing to transform society, even if through lip-service.

    The bad is that it shows how backward we are in ideology. For one, African people are not slaves but enslaved. Two, we were enslaved and are enslaved. Three, the picture in question wasn’t of an enslaved woman but an African woman. Four, we should not be ashamed of our enslaved history, because Five, if someone is enslaved someone is enslaving and that’s good information to know.

    A problem is that we use words like ‘slave’ instead of ‘enslaved:’ this lends to “I’m too good and I ain’t a slave” which is another way of saying “I’m better than my Ancestors, I want to be White.”

    That’s what I read from these articles.

    If I were portrayed as an enslaved person, it would not bother me, I love my ancestors enslaved though some were.

    The Burger King comment may have been more inflammatory.

    • “If I were portrayed as an enslaved person, it would not bother me, I love my ancestors enslaved though some were.”
      That’s a great quote. I feel you brother. I couldn’t agree more. It’s the slave masters that should be ashamed–not us. But I see what you mean by slave and enslaved. We have to be more careful of the words we choose.

  2. This is disrespectful and racist. I think the Obama’s have been disrespected more than any other first family. These color aroused racists are just out of control. Not just in America but is’nt this in Spain? It’s just ignorance is global.

  3. This is just as bad as that racist cake in the Netherlands. “Dont piss on our eet and say it’s raining.” They want to call this mess art. And want to insult everyone’s intelligence. This is deliberate they know what they are doing this is just them being racist.

  4. And yet…no other “first Lady” in history has EVER been depicted like this…this was a direct INSULT to this sister…

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