The internet was taken aback today by the unveiling of the official Presidential gallery portraits of Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, with hotly divided takes on the two pieces.
Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by artist Amy Sherald, was mocked ruthlessly by critics who believe the artist completely botched any likeness of the former First lady in her boring and uninspired piece. The grayscale tones of the portrait gave an even more amateur feel to the piece as well, harkening back to the days of high school illustration class instead of the dignified and time-consuming art of previous First Lady’s.
Take a look for yourself:
Am I the only one who thinks Michelle Obama’s portrait look absolutely nothing like her? It looks more like a cross between Beyoncé & JoLo than Mooch. pic.twitter.com/aFHsxnqv0b
— CC (@ChristiChat) February 12, 2018
We’re not sure who that is, but congratulations on having your portrait in the Presidential gallery.
Former President Obama’s likeness was far more straightforward, and was painted by Kehinde Wiley. The portrait itself is odd only in the festive feel of the flora behind the disastrous democrat, whose time in office will likely bankrupt a number of Americans via healthcare alone.
What’s more worrisome about Barack’s visage is the artist.
Kehinde Wiley’s previous work featured black supremacist themes, including several pieces bearing a striking resemblance to the portrait of Obama, in a which a black woman is shown beheading a white woman.
— Miss Lilly Bee (@MizzLillyBee) March 11, 2015
For reference, here is the piece Wiley painted of our 44th President:
The same man (Kehinde Wiley) who drew Obama’s portrait also drew this depiction of a “queen” cutting off the head of a young white child. pic.twitter.com/INgMmxH3bG
— 🇮🇱MAGA MATT🇺🇸 (@Millenniel_Matt) February 12, 2018
The similarity is uncanny, given the artist’s choice of background, and certainly leaves little to the imagination regarding Wiley’s personal beliefs.
The reaction from around the nation was swift and stern, with tweets regarding the nature of Wiley’s work dominating the social landscape.
Americans are simply fed up with the divisiveness of the democratic party, and those whose messages they choose to promote. Kehinde Wiley’s ideology certainly falls into a category of uncomfortable and questionable taste, and Barack Obama’s choice was merely the first worrisome development in the saga.
Now, seeing that Wiley has made an obvious homage to her previous black supremacy pieces in his official portrait of the former President, the nation must now ask ourselves what we believe Barack Obama was attempting to tell us in this final act of public service.