Obama: this joke's on you
The Los Angeles Times has caught up with the artist responsible for those Obama/Joker posters popping up around your local healthcare town hall. And shockingly, he’s not a Republican. He’s a Kucinich supporter.
Firas Alkhateeb, a student at the University of Illinois, created the image using a Time cover and a Photoshop tutorial. The image, now printed on posters that read “Socialism,” show Obama, and his health care platform, as not to be trusted. The image is powerful.
But it was not Alkhateeb who made those posters. He just created the original image. Someone else lifted that image from Flickr, created the posters, and they’ve continued to populate across major cities. That person is still MIA.
Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the famous Obama Hope image, has this to say “The artwork is great in that it gets a point across really quickly. The Joker is a sinister, evil character that can’t be trusted. And if they want to make that parallel with Obama — bam.”