Joker: Political double-standards?

8/4/2009:

Oh boy. Gotta love national politics, right?

Obama Joker bad, Bush Joker alright?

A political parody surfaced recently, showing Barack Obama as the Joker – with the word “Socialism” underneath. It was called “dangerous and mean-spirited!”

Meanwhile, a poster last year depicting George W. Bush as the joker was heralded as great!

Generally – all politicians are jokers so I don’t know what the debate is all about.

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52 Comments on "Joker: Political double-standards?"

Gretchen
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Gretchen

Obama as joker is not dangerous or mean-spirited.
And GWB as joker is not great.
Most unfortunate is that both are neither funny or clever.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

The only explanation I ever got for the Bush/chimp reference was that “he looks like one ha ha.”

BTW it is unlikely that people will stop caring about race when BHO cares very deeply about it.

MidnightRacer
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see #30 for my take on it

The Joker was a sociopath who schemed and manipulated to control and steal – a trickster, a self defeating narcissist hiding behind words. People have their opinions. Some see the connection. That’s why those who create, define it, and those who view it can only guess – or choose to say it’s meaningless. It’s only meaningless to those who are unable or unwilling to take a guess as to what the artist intends.

CalGard
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CalGard

A stroll down memory lane. Bush-Chimp mugs and tee shirts for sale. No owns the Obama-Joker image (I believe). So are mugs, teeshirts in the offing?

http://www.zazzle.com/bush_chimp_mug-168477779715771668

After the 2008 election I saw tee shirts depicting Obama and McCain in a boxing ring after a fight. Obama has his gloved hands raised in victory while McCain lies knocked out at his feet.

MidnightRacer
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The two; The Joker – Bush, The Joker – Obama are 2 entirely different concepts.

People like you saw The Joker – Bush as stupid and evil

The unknown artist who created this neo-graffiti has his own rationale and concept, of which we can merely guess. And that’s my point. Ever review an abstract work of art (with no background, nothing) and write and a 10 page essay on it? I was forced to as an elective. Hated it since I had no idea what the artist had in mind. With this political neo-graffiti, there’s definitely a message the artist intends. You don’t know, but you can insult this artist as much as you want when you say nothing about what you think his intentions and concept might be, your pov.

That simple piece can say a lot. Yet there you are saying it’s meaningless. Partisan or Artisan?

Easy-E
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In a nutshell, the concept is simply: “I know you are but what am I?” Tada! I showed those stoopid libruls! The Joker was smart, evil but smart. It’s a comment also about how Bush’s folksy dumbass routine is just a cover for something more sinister. Not me, I still think he was kind of a delusional dumbass. In fact this would have been better if it wee Cheney, not Bush. Have I ever written a paper on an abstract work? Yes, many. I’ve had 5 years of art history and enough design and studio courses to choke a moose. I’ve seen art professors take a piece off the wall during a critique and tear it up into little bits. The lesson? Get used to people trashing your ideas. Insult? Meh, most have a thicker skin. Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it was some art student who thought it would be interesting to stir the pot with an ironic image. Mild mannered Barack Obama as a psychopath. It does pretty much hit the core tone with Conservatives, doom and gloom over the tiniest things. Doing one of him as Hitler is way too easy. In response to MidnightRacer who said: The two; The Joker – Bush, The Joker – Obama are 2 entirely different concepts. People like you saw The Joker – Bush as stupid and evil The unknown artist who created this neo-graffiti has his own rationale and concept, of which we can merely guess. And… Read more »
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