Magazine Features Shocking Depiction Of Michelle Obama
August 11, 2014 2:53pm PST
A Spanish magazine is under fire for portraying our First Lady in a uniquely offensive way on their cover. The image shows Michelle Obama’s head on a topless woman’s body. The woman is dressed in slave-garb, so many believe that Michelle is being portrayed as a semi-nude slave.
According to The Blaze, Magazine Fuera de Serie praised Michelle in their article. calling her the “gran mujer” (great lady). Despite this, liberals everywhere are up in arms over the shocking image.
“Perhaps because it seems so obviously offensive, the mind attempts to rationalize; ‘Did this get lost in translation, or is this as racist as I think?’” wrote Althea Legal-Miller, a journalist for Clutch magazine. Miller goes on to explain the thought process behind the piece.
The magazine cover for the feature article “Michelle Tataranieta De Esclava, Dueña De América” (Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America) is the brainchild of white French/English fine artist Karine Percheron-Daniels. Her mixed-media portrait superimposes Obama’s head onto the famous art-historical body of an African Guadeloupean female slave painted by French artist Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist in 1800.
Percheron-Daniels’ portrait, First Lady, was not commissioned for the Spanish magazine cover, but is part of a larger series of “famous nudes” that includes Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Abraham Lincoln, and President Barack Obama. In defense of her controversial series, the artist argues that she offers the viewer an “alternative unexpected reality” that allows us to “view famous individuals in a different way.”
“Let’s be clear: This image has nothing to do with acknowledging Obama’s enslaved foremothers, and everything to do with reinforcing and extending the historical denial of black women’s individuality and agency,” Miller adds.
What do you think? Is this image offensive, or do people need to lighten up? Let us know in the comments below!
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