LA Times Cries Racism! Over Michelle Obama Picture

Submitted by: 5cats 5 years ago
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/01/racist-image-of-michelle-obama-based-on-versailles-painting.html#more

What says you, I-A-B? Is it racist or political parody?
There are 71 comments:
Female 2,549
Petty, anyone can see that.
I wouldn`t begin to understAnd the shades of racism may have been implied.
Sentence - `come here boy` ( to an adult) is very racist in American South but not anywhere else.
Uppity is the reference here I think.
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Male 589
Racist against French people?
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Female 1,205
The arm is an issue...I don`t understand that. If it weren`t for the arm then it would be easier to see this as a political parody, comparing her the infamous Queen, than being blatantly racist. However, perhaps the intention of this piece was to be racist and controversial to get attention.
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Male 174
I`m not sure it`s racist but it is very petty.
Must come from small minds.
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Male 186
What`s wrong with you people? Anything critical of the Obama`s is racist.
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Female 241
it`s not racism!
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Female 812
Internet is a (news) medium zombieraptur....

Racist? I don`t think so! The idea behind it is fishy though, and it`s poorly done.
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Male 180
Not racist? Why not just put her face on the original image and call it a day? The bare, muscular ape arm proves it is racist!
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Male 4,431
So, like many here, I don`t find the image racist. However, I would be remiss if I didn`t point out that I`m white. Therefore, I am totally not qualified to judge the racism in this picture. Sure, any person may be able to judge BLATANT racism, but there are also shades of subtle racism (and all forms of discrimination) that are offensive to the group being discriminated against without being offensive to the population as a whole. Just because it`s not blatant does not mean it doesn`t exist.

I don`t think that, as a male, I`m qualified to definitively judge the sexism of something apparently slanted against females, nor, as a white man, do I feel qualified to judge this picture, other than to say that it`s not blatantly racist. I would hope others would employ as much thought on the subject before demonstrating their ignorance so thoroughly.
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Male 25,416
meh,,,
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Male 57
So dumb and not racist no one buys this pooty news media thats why you are losing viewers and will continue to do so as long as we have the internet. :)
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Male 335
The interpretation is racist - but the picture is not.
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Male 3,894
This isn`t racist at all. Stop writing sensationalist stories.
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Male 340
This is not the slightest bit racist. There are entire websites devoted to (hilariously) comparing George W. Bush to a Chimp, however one previous comic relating Obama and a monkey and everyone is crying RACISM!! The only racists left are the idiots calling things like this racist. the slimy, lying media.
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Male 1,832
Looney Tunes was way more racist than that poo.
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Female 1,441
Not racist. But not clever or funny.
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Male 3,061
Not racist. If anything, a lot of guys should be be jealous. Did you see the guns on her?!
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Male 1,293
Why the f does anyone pay these idiot to write this junk?

It makes you despair, until you realise that if this is all the left has got then Obama is screwed. For the sake of the world, thank god for that.
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Male 37,888

Poor woman. Look what living under the pressure of the White House has done to her!

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Female 2,674
Not racist, just stupid.
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Male 3,285
I had more fun reading the comments on that site than the article itself.
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Female 2,509
to borrow from a previous posting:

Racism?

You keep using that word....


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Male 987
This is a commentary on the Obama vacations.

Anything and everything is racist if you see the world that way.

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Male 3,314
Not racist from what I can see, but then again, my opinion doesn`t matter. Racism is in the eye of the beholder.
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Male 621
How is that even remotely racists? People are just bored and looking for anything to complain about.
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Male 221
There is racism everywhere, apparently.
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Male 409
W spent over 100 days `on vacation` during his first year in office, that was the same year that 9/11 occurred. I don`t find this racist, I just find it ill informed and purely partisan.
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Female 2,525
I don`t think it has anything to do with race. The artist was commenting on the number of vacations the Obamas take. No big deal.
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Male 10,339
Racist?


Racist?!


Bitch please!

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Male 415
Exaggerated by the LA Times, it`s a political satire.
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Male 2,332
I think LA Times needs to look at the meaning of the word racism, because I think they have no idea what it is.
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Male 319
It`s more sexist than racist, if anything. It`s stupid at any rate.
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Male 36,423



HERE`s an image the LA Times DID publish: it`s Condie Rice as a house slave. This is OK but that isn`t?

Off to read the comments!
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Male 10,339
A) How many vacation days did George W. take?

Laura Bush didn`t go on vacations, alone, using Air Force One, for several hundred thousand dollars a night. Let them eat cake.

B) How many vacation days do you take every year?

7? Last time I went on Vacation, which was a staycation, as I never left home, I didn`t get the taxpayers to pay for it.

C) The president doesn`t really get vacation...he just gets time away from the White House,the work still follows him.

This is a fallacy. Yes he still has "state of the state" meetings, but his schedule is largely empty while he is away.
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Male 450
Samsquanch
dude you are Canadian chill out
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Male 1,582
Isn`t it racist to think this is racist? That means you`re qualifying a difference between two different cultures. But better question, who cares?
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Male 2,700
"Badly shopped, but not racist imo."

Captain obvious over here......Why dont you say theres a Black person in the image too....
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Male 2,700
The only thing racist about this are the people reporting it.
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Male 787
People seriously think this is racist? I don`t think so. Not every time a black person is being mocked is due to race. It`s obviously just a political cartoon type of thing.
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Male 3,472
It`s like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
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Male 792
[quote]17 days on a Hawaiian vacation.Really? And who pays for that?[/quote]

A) How many vacation days did George W. take?
B) How many vacation days do you take every year?
C) The president doesn`t really get vacation...he just gets time away from the White House,the work still follows him.
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Male 2,737
17 days on a Hawaiian vacation.Really? And who pays for that?
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Male 2,551
Omgz. Her feet are still white!
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Female 7,833
No- more a comment on her attitudes. Satire.
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Male 20
When I read this article I was ready to stand alone and tell everyone how much of a moron the la times is being, but I think the comments below see the picture.

As crazy as it sounds, I think this kind of thing happens more often people would like to admit. Some people hold the notion that any attack on Obama is automatically racist. Many liberal commentators where doing the same type of thing in the campaign of 08`. Media these days is mostly bias. And before anyone raises a storm saying this: yes, Fox News is too.
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Female 150
Badly shopped, but not racist imo.
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Male 1,920
The irony of this is the last paragraph of the article:
[quote]Like the Internet today, color printing spread visual knowledge far and wide. But there was a steep downside: It also created an avenue for the broad dissemination of propaganda -- some of it disgusting.[/quote]
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Male 2,841
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Male 1,404

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Male 542
Waste of effort on the author`s part. Can the LAT really not predict the rational response to this?
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Male 272
Totally fair, Not racist.

When is i-a-b going to make a system like reddits? this is drating primitive, I can`t see what happens after I dump my poo.
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Male 3,415
Everything criticizing anyone with the name Obama is racism, didn`t you know? Can`t criticize our savior!
/sarcasm

Not racism. Except the muscly arm, this is tasteful satire.
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Male 1,249
retarded
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Male 5,314
how is it racist?
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Male 626
Wait, so are all pictures with black people in them racist?
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Male 2,516
those are some mega muscled arms they painted on her
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Female 2,927
it doesn`t seem racist,it seems more like they are saying that Michele has the same imperialistic (not sure that`s the right word) attitude of her status that Marie Antoinette had with hers. im not saying if she does or not , just what seems to be implied here.
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Female 3,696
The top rated comment at the bottom gave me hope.
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Male 2,544
oh god...
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Male 2,033
I showed this to some rednecks I know and they all shouted "Wow, look at that uppity negro" so it is obviously racist.
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Male 15,832
This isn`t racist, either.

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Male 234
Normally I hate conservatives for their backward views and racist attitude, but this is not racist, unless any picture of the obama family is now considered racism.
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Male 234
Normally I hate conservatives for their backward views and racist attitude, but this is not racist, unless any picture of the obama family is now considered racisim.
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Male 675



Seriously, why else would this be posted? A year and a half is a little late to be crying foul.
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Male 15,832
For instance, THIS is NOT racist.


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Male 15,832
davymid, if you don`t think that`s racist, then YOU`RE racist! Anybody who criticized an African-American for ANY reason is racist, unless of course that African-American happens to be conservative. In that case, they deserve it.
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Male 550
XD That picture is hilarious! Keep it up internetz!
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Male 2,422
Racism? Really?
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Male 37,888

Not racist.
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Male 12,138
Racist? That`s a bit of a goddam stretch, surely...
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Male 36,423
Link: LA Times Cries Racism! Over Michelle Obama Picture [Rate Link] - What says you, I-A-B? Is it racist or political parody?
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