The recently released official portraits of former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are, to put it mildly, unusual to say the least, but it turns out they’re quite innocuous compared to some other paintings by the same artist, Kehinde Wiley.
Paintings of black women holding the severed heads of white women.
— ⓘ 2021 is so 1984 (@skjultster) February 12, 2018
Although the painting above is reportedly called “Judith and Holofernes,” the race choices here are obviously more than coincidental. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley told New York Magazine.
According to MRCtv:
This particular painting is called “Judith and Holofernes,” which refers to a story from the apocryphal Book of Judith which inspired a whole bunch of art during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. While the original story did involve a woman whacking off a guy’s head, Wiley’s choice to use a black woman holding a dead white person’s severed head is clearly a deliberate one.
Apocryphal myths or not, Wiley apparently loved paining pictures of black women holding the severed heads of white women:
Which begs the question, of course, don’t they at least vet these people a little bit? On the other hand, they probably knew full well what was coming from Wiley’s twisted brush but now that Obama is out of office the radical can finally come out.
Apparently Obama is a fan.
“What I was always struck by when I saw [Wiley’s] portraits was the degree to which they challenged our ideas of power and privilege,” said the former president, because interracial decapitating is, well, certainly, uh, challenging…
While the artist has lots of other work that doesn’t involve severed heads, these certainly are more than a little cause for concern. I mean, imagine if the roles had been reversed. Think anyone would be upset?
Thought experiment: imagine Trump commissioned his official portrait from a white artist whose past works included a white woman beheading a black one. How would the media react? pic.twitter.com/YyIqgPIZQq
— J Burton (@JBurtonXP) February 12, 2018
Then again, now we know where Kathy Griffin got her inspiration!
Needless to say, Twitter had a lot to say about Obama’s portrait artist choice.
— ❣Trumps Cat’ia❣ (@CB618444) February 13, 2018
Ever hear of Kehinde Wiley? He’s the guy who painted the #obamaportrait. Here he is with another one of his works: a black woman beheading a white woman for no reason.
This is art? No, a better question is why was this ‘artist’ chosen to paint a presidential portrait? pic.twitter.com/3qhLlRBirU
— Michael Esposito (@WarH1storian) February 12, 2018
The artist that Obama commissioned to do his portrait is Kehinde Wiley.
Mr. Wiley’s art includes paintings of black women decapitating white women.
Guess we know who the racists are-
Hint: It’s NOT Conservatives!
Obama should hang his head in shame for doing this! https://t.co/gIeOvrxLZn
— Lisa Smith (@lsmith4680) February 12, 2018
Kehinde Willey, the Obama’s “portrait artist” likes to paint white people with their heads chopped off.
— Meme Chaos (@ExtinctMedia) February 12, 2018
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