FLOTUS Michelle Obama Portrayed As a Topless Slave On A Spanish Magazine
The ignorance… I can’t be surprised at what I see in the press next.
Our first Lady Michelle Obama was recently portrayed as a topless slave and wrapped with the American flag on the August issue of Fuera de Serie… and for what?? The title on the cover for all the non-affluent readers out there says “Michelle great-great granddaughter of a slave, owner of America.” In this “nude art“ by Karine Percheron-Daniels, Michelle was basically placed in the likeness of a famed African descended female slave with the same head wrap that was painted by a French artist named Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist back in 1800.
In defense of the portrayal of Mrs. Obama, Percheron-Daniels said that she wanted to show Michelle in that image only “for obvious reasons.” Soooo obvious to us all that the woman would not elaborate, but instead added that “I’m sure Obama would love it, and I hope that someday she can see it.”
On her website, there was also a statement that read:
If any of you have found this piece of art insulting I would like to say that my GENUINE intention was never to chock [sic] or upset anyone. I created this picture as part of a series of other famous nudes. As an artist I only paint and create pictures of people I admire and feel passionate about Michelle Obama is one of these people. In my eyes, the picture I created here is of a beautiful woman with a beautiful message: The first Lady of America in the first time in history is a black woman who proudly and confidently displays her WOMANHOOD (the nude) her ROOTS (the slave) and her POWER (the First Lady of America embraced by the American flag). This picture, is a celebration of EVERYTHING GOOD, it is a celebration of achievment and in my opinion is not a racist slur.
I am not a racist: I admire people regardless of their colour and this picture was ment [sic] to be a tribute….totally lost in translation. With my art I try and show beauty NOT DIRT.
Yes I agree, this image was done for obvious reasons, which include putting a beautiful, powerful and intelligent woman of color back into her only accepted place in society, as nothing but an ancestor of a slave. We who do decend from such beautiful african people should never frown upon where our roots and history lies, but also never stop fighting to correct and inform such people who continually look down on us and think we will never be viewed but as anything other than equal. Michelle Obama portrayed in this way just reinforces the deeply rooted negative and bigoted representations for people of color that we have had in visual art for a very long time.
What are your thoughts on this cover?? I’m really interested in reading some comments on this… your thoughts after the break.
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