Politics

Outrageous: Spanish Magazine Depicts Michelle Obama as Half Naked Slave

Tue., Aug. 28, 2012 10:11 AM EDT
by Danielle Canada

Michelle Obama’s Face Photoshopped Onto Slave’s Body

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.

The Inspiration: Marie-Guillemine Benoist' Portrait D'Une Négresse

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. How charming.

What are your thoughts on Michelle Obama being depicted as the Portrait D’Une Négresse? Outrageous, or art? -danielle canada

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  • zobop republic

    Tha Spanish were once slave owners. They must love Blacks depicted this way! They obviously miss their former slave colonies.

  • Check Your HIStory

    Let’s not get it twisted every race has been enslaved at some point in history so for a spanish mag to depict the First Lady in this light is their way of trying to put down African American’s even when they are at that high of a station in their life. And Let’s just put this out there you are not white no matter how straight or how blond you wear your hair. And wait if you think white people accept you more because of that get a spanish person in office and watch them cut you down like they try to do to President Obama and the First Lady.

  • girlie2012

    @Check your history, you said it best.

  • Is This Really Considered Art

    This is certainly one of the most despicable forms of art expression I have ever seen! Even more so that it came from a Spaniard! What you people think you are so loved in the world? I think the artist did this to create a buzz to help make money. There are places in the world where people are eliminated for less!