Oh… the confusion…!! Head… hurts…

You know that photoshopped image of Barack Obama as the Joker, with the word “SOCIALISM” captioned ominously below the leering visage?   Of course you do, the Wingnutosphere has been gleefully plastering it all over the intertoobs — however, they might change gears now that the artist has been identified.Obama-socialism Joker Who?  Who was it??  A disgruntled teabagging redneck from flyover country?   Who??:

According to the LA Times, the perpetrator is a 20-year-old University of Chicago Illinois student named Firas Alkhateeb who made the image during his winter break from school using PhotoShop, naturally:

Alkhateeb had been tinkering with the program to improve the looks of photos he had taken on his clunky Kodak camera. The Joker project was his grandest undertaking yet. Using a tutorial he’d found online about how to “Jokerize” portraits, he downloaded the October 23 Time Magazine cover of Obama and began digitally painting over it.

Four or five hours later, he happily had his product.

“Firas Alkhateeb” don’t sound like no redneck teabagger from flyover country… unless the teabags are maramiya and the country being flown over is Palestine.  If the fact that Mr. Alkhateeb is Palestinian isn’t enough to give heavily pro-Zionist/anti-Muslim Teabagger-Americans the Fear, some of his reflections on “Zionist” Rahm Emanuel might do it:

Emanuel is a fervent anti-Islam voice in Washington. A Zionist, he takes a hard line stance against the Palestinian cause, and shows a clear anti-Muslim racism.

…as well as his own political notions:

“I abstained from voting in November,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Living in Illinois, my vote means close to nothing as there was no chance Obama would not win the state.” If he had to choose a politician to support, Alkhateeb said, it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.  (emphasis mine)

Hm.  Not only talented but smart, this kid.

Will this newfound knowledge affect the wingnutosphere’s use of the image?  Will it affect Atlas Jugs’ T-shirt sales?  And furthermore, will she be giving the artist a piece of the T-shirt action?  Stay tuned…

3 Responses to “Oh… the confusion…!! Head… hurts…”


  1. 1 Zorpheous Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Well the author of that image could sue and claim all the profit

  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Zorph!

    You mean the artist who photoshopped it, or the photographer who took the original picture? The original ran on the cover of Time Magazine, so it’s probably theirs. The kid took it from the magazine, worked on it, then put it up on his Flickr stream, which is where some wingnut found it, added the “socialism” caption, and started spreading it around.

    You would think the kid would at least be owed a chunk of any money that’s been generated with the photoshopped image — ie. like those T-shirts 😉 The kid should contact Atlas Shrugs and demand his share 😆


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