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Hunter Biden, the suddenly-artistic son of President Joe Biden, rolled up to his New York art gallery debut to show off his high-priced paintings to his fancy, rich friends. It was immediately clear, though, that this event was for members only as Secret Service guarded the door and heavy curtains barred passers-by from being able to peer in.
The novice painter, who is somehow fetching nearly $500,000 for his works, was pictured walking to the location with his wife Melissa Cohen, daughter Maisy Biden, and young son Beau. Valerie Biden Owens, President Biden’s sister, was also in attendance and raved about Hunter’s work, calling it “spectacular.” High-profile guests such as “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Meghan King and art critic Donald Kuspit were also there.
Kuspit praised Biden’s artwork as “terrific” and described him as a “serious artist.” However, there were no sales made during the event despite the massive amount of money possessed by the people who attended. It is being described as a “social event.” You can see some photos here.
Critics, however, view Biden’s sudden jump into the creation and sale of art as an influence-peddling exercise, allowing those with money to effectively buy access to the Biden administration. While those associated with the presidency deny the possibility, others contend it is the only way for such an inexperienced artist to get away with charging so much for novice works.
Hunter Biden makes flashy NYC art scene debut at gallery show for his pricey paintings https://t.co/oVajaBoebE pic.twitter.com/EKj8lOnyyS
— New York Post (@nypost) November 11, 2021
Even Obama’s ethics chief, Walter Shaub, was concerned that the practices were the “perfect mechanism for funneling bribes.”
“So instead of disclosing who is paying outrageous sums for Hunter Biden’s artwork so that we could monitor whether the purchasers are gaining access to government, the WH tried to make sure we will never know who they are,” he wrote.” That’s very disappointing.”
Twitter, as always, had an extremely unique take on the news of Hunter’s gallery debut:
I’m proud of him for not trying to snort the white crosswalk lines.
— Jags Board Game & Movie Guy (@MoviePaul) November 11, 2021
Did he lose any laptops while he was out?
— Colin Zerk (@clnzrk) November 11, 2021
Dudes walking free while journalist have their offices raided. pic.twitter.com/F7SuqEOThE
— Burgerface Mc Circle Back ahhh umm (@Burgerfacemcta1) November 11, 2021
His art can only be described as – inspired pic.twitter.com/AOKbB4SAXv
— GR Hūtsöñ (@jess_reign_bass) November 11, 2021
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) November 11, 2021
Surprised to see hunter passing up so many white lines on the street….
— Kevin Berry (@KevinBerry33) November 11, 2021
— Angel Lee (@AngelLe03402436) November 11, 2021
They sure are pricey paintings and totally not at all pay to play with the Big Guy…. . . pic.twitter.com/sHP4IRx5aG
— jbot7777 (@j_bot7777) November 11, 2021
— KLK (@KrisLaDueKlink) November 11, 2021
That’s the definition of white privilege
— Red_thinks (@JrockThinks) November 11, 2021
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