Michelle Obama Shows Off Her Tit?

On newsstands in Spain for the August cover of Magazine Fuera de Serie (Off the Charts), a lifestyle supplement to the newspaper Expansión.  The image of US First Lady Michelle Obama is seen sporting an American flag with her nipple showing.

French Artist Karine Percheron-Daniels depicted Obama as a black woman slave seated on a chair draped in the American flag, partially nude in slave attire as can be seen from the head scarf. She looks like a slave posing ala Playboy style, waiting for her master to seduce her. It’s outrageously offensive and demeaning.

Michelle Obama’s face was superimposed into French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist painting titled Portrat d’une negresse. The said painting, which was actually tended toward the feminist, is currently displayed in the Lourve. It was originally exhibited during the 1800s which was just a few years after slavery had been abolished.  It was a referenced towards the emancipation of women and the Black people rights.

The magazine’s probable intention was to show that Black women have come a long way since slavery. They tried to use the history of the painting to send their message. But unfortunately many thought it was done in poor taste as the message was apparently lost on the general public. Many people do not know the art of Benoist, nor the context in which it was commissioned. Many of us won’t be able to get past the treatment of Michelle Obama’s face and body as community property, as that of a slave.

The description of the inside article reads “Michelle Tataranieta De Esclava, Dueña De América” (Michelle, Granddaughter Of A Slave. Lady Of America). It praises Michelle Obama as the “gran mujer” (great woman) behind President Obama, but the image has indeed sparked some controversy. Some experts see the image as a homage to slaves’ emancipation and the start of a feminist movement in France, but some feel the cover portrait reeks of racism.

The image is just one in a series of edited photos in the magazine that show famous people’s faces on the heads of other nudes. Barack Obama, President Abraham Lincoln and Princess Diana’s images will also be featured in the print version.

In defense of her controversial series, the artist argues that she offers the viewer an “alternative unexpected reality” that allows us to “view famous individuals in a different way.”

Images of black women in the media have long since been deemed controversial, often times crossing the volatile lines of racism and sexism. Before Rihanna was called a nigger bitch by Jackie, a Dutch magazine, and there was also this caricatured objectification of the Hottentot Venus.

It just goes to show that no matter how good our intentions are there seems to be critics who would think negatively proving likewise that you cannot really please everybody. To get to the root of the problem, I think there is too much distrust in this world because people nowadays are always deemed with ulterior motives and personal motivations.

Well, we couldn’t really help it because the news reeks of so much lies and deception, and it does not even include those that were not openly exposed to the public.

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