Creator Of Infamous "Hope" Poster Lashes Out At Obama, Calls Americans "Ignorant And Lazy"

Tyler Durden's picture

Before the people realized that behind the "most transparent administration ever" there was nothing but double seasonal adjustments, drones and an impenetrable layer of propaganda and lies, there was...

And change, of course.

Sadly, at some point over the past six years the hope died, first for the people (if not the bankers), and then for the creator of the infamous "Hope" poster himself, Shepard Fairey who told Esquire magazine in an interview that Obama has not come even close to embodying the break with the past administration that Fairey and so many voters hoped he would.

"I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]."

But support them he did while crushing the much promised transparency and freedom for the masses, for one simple reason: money, the same reason why Fairey is almost willing to give Obama a pass, again. Money, and of course, power and control of the masses by the select few.

Still, the confused artist still isn't fully ready to throw away all his idealism just yet:

I've met Obama a few times, and I think Obama's a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control.

A "quality human being" he may be, but when it comes to personal motives, money always wins. Just ask the Clinton Foundation. Even Fairey, who says he "agrees with Hilary on most issues" finally grasps that now:

... campaign finance structure makes me very angry, because it means that politicians are going to have to raise a huge amount of money, which narrows the field dramatically. There are only certain kinds of people that either have the preexisting resources or the willingness to work in way that will get them a lot of money from donors. That narrows the field right there. Then there's the idea that the people who you are going to have to listen to are the people that are going to give you the biggest donation. That means lobbyists, special interest groups, and corporations are going to have politicians eager, disproportionally.

He adds: "I'm not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step."

A systemic overhaul by whom? The same politicians who are nothing but "whores" to corporate lobby interests?

Or maybe the infamous artist should just blame the American public for agreeing to be swindled and manipulated by one liar after another, all of whom promise change yet end up merely perpetuating the broken, corrupt system they inherit from their predecessor and make it even worse.

Actually, that's precisely what Fairey did. This is what he told Esquire:

We also need a public that isn't so uneducated and complacent. I hate to say Americans are ignorant and lazy, but a lot of them are ignorant and lazy.... When you live in a place that has a lot of good things that make life easier, it's easier to take them for granted. But what frustrates me to no end are people who want to blame Obama or blame anything that is something that if they were actually doing anything as simple as voting, it might not be as bad as it is. There's a lot of finger pointing and very little action and very little research into the dynamics that created the situation that they're unhappy about.

Actually, about that he's quite accurate

However his message will be diluted and ignored, and the media will do is what it always does when facing a threat to the status quo: crush the messenger.

And conveniently, Fairey made it very easy for them: after all, and quite amusingly, his Hope poster itself was a fraud.

The artist was recently sentenced to two years of probation and fined $250,000 in 2012 for destroying documents and concealing others in an attempt to hide that he had used an Associated Press photograph as the basis for his "Hope" poster. And even more ironic, as Gawker wrote in 2009, Fairey himself was  "lawsuit happy to artists who ape or parody his stuff."

Unfortunately, in retrospect Fairey's story is one of "tidiest little package" summaries of the banana republic status the US, and its leadership, has devolved to.

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Ex Cathedra's picture

Still better off than if we had outsourced the Presidency to Bain Capital.

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) Ex Cathedra May 30, 2015 2:15 PM

I may be ignorant and lazy, but at least I'm not a "useful idiot."

Richard Chesler's picture

Throughout US history there have been many corrupt administrations, and  then there's the Obozo administration...


Future Jim's picture

It was pretty obvious before the 2008 election that Obama was a creation of the media, who were not vetting him at all. His campaign web site read like a wish list of the more statist among the Democrats. there was abundant evidence that he wanted our guns, but everyone insisted otherwise.

Looney's picture

Just wonderin’… When will 0bama issue a Presidential Decree adding black color to the gay-rainbow-flag?

It’s only fair. ;-)

Al Sharpton

Pure Evil's picture

The name says it all.

Is it Fairy or Fairey?

The spell checker was no help with this one.

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

Well at least Dear Leader Obama did come through with his promise to lower the sea levels.


Oh, wait...

BoredRoom's picture
BoredRoom (not verified) Creepy A. Cracker May 30, 2015 3:04 PM

"Ignorant And Lazy"


NO FUCKING SHIT.....They elected Obama twice, w/o ever reading in his book about his dream to destroy America.... didn't they?

Ms. Erable's picture

Wondering why this dipshit 'artist' thinks he's exempt from his own comments. Fucking tool.

TeamDepends's picture

Many useless idiots were impressed that he visited 57 states. "Dang honey, how many other candidates have done THAT?"

Paveway IV's picture

High treason is high treason

Obama is just the hired help like every other president. Would 'voting' for cashiers at Wal*Mart lower their prices? Of course not. I'm sick of being treated like an idiot.


TheReplacement's picture

A rather stupid and lazy mentality.  Vote for someone you trust.  Vote for yourself if you are the only one.  Run yourself.  Just don't vote for The Party.

Gnostech's picture

I vote to reinstate the Monarchy. My ballot will be cast in iron and the constitution will be written in blood.

Took Red Pill's picture

"A systemic overhaul by whom? The same politicians who are nothing but "whores" to corporate lobby interests? "

The people! "When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny."

—Thomas Jefferson

Oh regional Indian's picture

My ex-ex-ex wife, an Indian, was living and working in Paris at the time (2008) used to send me breathless photos of All Hail Omama parties there. Faackin weird. 

Then she sent me a picture (I almost choked) of a room full of mostly non-americans craying, cheering, celebrating when he won his first.

And this was In Paris, where ze peepl aardly care. Saem with the wldly cheeering German crowds.

BO's so called victories are a superb combination of Bernays and Hollywood.

Ya Hussain!

Ya Ali....

Cue some guitar, some changed guitar ;-)

Fish Gone Bad's picture

what is craying?  nonamerican craying,  crying??  Things will only get worse.  Does not depend who wins.

847328_3527's picture

What's the problem with the "lazy" part? Sounds good to me.

kaiserhoff's picture

Well said.

Barry was never anything, but a wholly owned product of the jew media.

qomolangma's picture

ORI, I did ALOL read your New Age English :-)

[craying: crying, crayon]

but aside from the word plays, it's true that majority of sheople are infatuated and dumbed down by the DEMOCRAZY and FREE DOOM slogans... I witness a lot in the real life...yes, it's true that many folks around the globe cheered for the 1st victory of the Prime Mulatto! The Zee Overlords succeed to dumb down the big part of the mankind.

Stares straight ahead's picture

I've listened long enough t,o pussies like you spout off a bunch of fuckin' bravado bullshit that amounts to nothing. You can't leave your mothers tit (and the computer keyboard she paid for) long enough to wipe your own ass, let alone smite someone with iron and write a constitution in koolaide, let alone blood.
Save it for your nerd girlfriend on Facebook that you've never seen in person, Braveheart the Mellenial.

Trucker Glock's picture

"and the constitution will be written in blood."

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes...

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;"

Written in ink or blood, it means the same thing.  Wake up, sucka.

Arnold's picture

Yup,we know stupid.

Now move on to our buying individual stocks on margin, as nation wide day traders are effecting our markets.

Oh, sorry that's the other non homogenous country, located in China.

NoDebt's picture

They always wait until near the end of a presidency to start making comments like this.  Never disagreeing WHILE it is happening, always at the end, when it's too late to matter.

Former government officials love to do this, too.  They're all tough guys AFTER they aren't in a position to do anything about it any more.

It's such hypocrisy and cowardice it turns my stomach.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Well this libetard thinks like the rest of them. There's no way the guy could  be an entire scam/Manchurian, just a little overwhelmed is all. Either way, your an idiot if you never saw it coming.

snodgrass's picture

Nobody wants to admit they got conned. They'd rather the country go down in flames than admit they got conned. Americans are stupid and lazy, at least most of them are.

Grumbleduke's picture

Can you imagine Bill Maher standing in front of his audience, giving a million to Obama PAC? Oh wait...

max2205's picture

We fooled some folks.....

BorisTheBlade's picture

No way in the world to justify and/or rationalize voting an insect into Oval office twice after Odumbia ... twice as well. Before that, Clingon twice and after his aliens-scary hus ... sorry wife also likely twice. One thing though, I'm lazy myself, but I get certain things, Americans are not lazy or dumb, well, at least that doesn't explain it, they are asleep, almost to a state of hybernation and most of the time are aggresively-ignorant.

usednabused's picture

The tell was before the first election. When asked or rather pressed about whether war crime charges would be brought against the Bush regime, the cocksucker said we're going to move forward. Now how fucking much of a choice was there? Another war criminal Obama or another war criminal McCain? Whats the point of this fucking article anyway?

nmewn's picture

I think the point of the article is all of Fairey's faux "Hope" has been destroyed, he's now seeking some sort of public redemption (like the ObamaFone Lady) for being a useful idiot. some that the CIA and other Deep State bureaucracies have cut off his paycheck & informed him that they are done with him, he's trying to save his artistic career.

Either way, a little schadenfreude is the order of the day ;-)

snodgrass's picture

I will also add that the elections are a fraud. No matter how people vote, elections come out the way the PTB want them to come out. You may as well spit in the ocean as vote. That's true at the federal and state level. At the local level, who cares?

NoPension's picture

My potential new boss told me "my problem " is, I think everyone is an idiot. Including him. I said" uh'huh", what's your point? My job consists of getting something built, using a bunch of fucking idiots. Give me the money required to hire top shelf labor, and I will change my attitude.
Well, that did not go over so swell.
As far as do I think YOU are an idiot? No. You just lack experience, and require mine to be successful. Sucks, don't it? Now pay up, a good student pays a professor for a quality education. What? That's right, young un, you write the checks, but don't think I'm one of your sales clerks, who's toughest part of the day is unlocking the door, and turning on the lights.
He thinks I'm fucking crazy. I'm sick and tired of the shit. Fuck you, pay me...or I'm sitting out the rest of life, and you turds can try and fix and build your own shit. And YOU can't. Because it just comes, like magic. And you kids just want the next I- gadget, and your master of the universe.
My only remaining dream is to live to see the collapse. I know I'll eat my words, but watching the useless flail about will be so worth it.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I have tried your approach numerous times. It has never worked for me but It does explain my having lost so many jobs. I have tried to mend my ways but I find it hard to be subtle, preferring the direct approach as you.

I once watched Mr get an incompetent manager fired after several years of strategic attacks that his victim was unaware. This took risk, daring and an incredible amount of patience. I have seen the utility of his methods but I can't quite pull it off as slickly he does. Without him I think I would have faced starvation. Perhaps that would have done me some good.


kaiserhoff's picture

Deans don't much like being told they are full of shit either, especially in front of the whole faculty.

A little cunning and misdirection gets the point across, and the fuckers can be fired.

Trogdor's picture

With a Libtard, it's all about THEM - that's why he thinks he's exempt.

I don't think he "lashed out" - reads more like a Fairy Slap to me - lol

bigkahuna's picture

I second that. We elected this criminal twice. Nothing says "we're fucked" better than that.

James_Cole's picture

We elected this criminal twice. Nothing says "we're fucked" better than that.

Last i checked y'all also elected nixon, reagan, clinton and bush twice too. Bush three times really. Explain that track record 'merica. 

ATM's picture

imply shows the power of controlling education and the media can be. Humans are sheep disguised in wool-less bodies.

usednabused's picture

Fawkin Aye  But James, you must know that mentioning the bush clan on zero makes you akin to some sort of commie. There are some real stupid pricks here

nmewn's picture

Yeah, its like admitting to voting for Carter or Bubba ;-)

James_Cole's picture

Carter is great example of how petty and ridiculous people are. Reagan perpetuated various and pointless international war crimes (and absurd ones to boot, Grenada wtf?), sold weapons to iran, tripled the national debt, set in the motion the creation of biggest bubble in financial history, expanded federal government by a bunch, wasted epic amounts of money on goofy defence projects (job creation) and got damn close to global nuclear war. Yet... carter is the bad guy and reagan is worshipped. 

Why? Because reagan said a bunch of stupid propaganda bullshit about how great 'merica is and folkz eat that shit up. Carter said the opposite and these same folkz are scorned forever. Of all the presidents in the past 50 years Carter has the least egregious record. 

nmewn's picture

Well, if we must, carter-mondale were afraid of their own shadows, hopeless statist nerds. He (and they) presided over a nation stuck in the "unpossibility" of stagflation (if you believe in Keynesian theory), created still more bureaucracies (like the Energy Dept, Dept of Education) that never tire of budget increases on the backs of the taxpayers, carter gave his infamous Malaise Speech (which we will get from O'Barry within the next year or so) and was apparently absolutely terrified of swamp rabbits and Iranian students.

Part (a very large part) of being a president is you always exude confidence in your game plan, which of course requires you actually have a game plan besides just declaring you have

Obama and carter never had one, outside of growing the state to massive proportions and in Obama's case, using the state to pay off his cronies.

To deny the truisms & optimism of Reagan is to admit the reality & pessimism of carter to yourself Cole, so tell me, Reagan...

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."




or carter...


"The solution of our energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country," Sorry, its the only worthwile quote of carter's presidency I could find ;-)


James_Cole's picture

I write a list of facts - specific shit reagan did that any conservative would deplore (at least if it wasn't reagan doing it) and you return with some prat about carter wasn't 'confident' enough, didn't make the country feel good. zzzz

And your reagan quotes are more propaganda - fictitious nonsense he made no effort to implement. Record / reality VS. talk, talk is always free. Some people don't give a shit about reality though, talk is all that matters. Like i was saying..

nmewn's picture

First of all, I'm stunned that you're even attempting to compare carter with Reagan, its like comparing a Prius to a Cadillac, its not even close.

The quotes are real Cole and just what "various and pointless international war crimes" are you talking about Reagan committing?

Making a joke about "bombing the Soviet Union" is NOT anywhere close to "global nuclear war" (unless you're one of those who curls up in the fetal position sucking your thumb at the mere mention of an obvious joke) and what he did by tripling the debt (he lamented later doing it that way) was bankrupt the Soviet Union, who had its people in fucking breadlines Cole, similar to what you see in communist coutries today like Venezuela & Cuba.

Along with fiscally destroying the Soviet Empire, he came into office with inflation at 13%, when he left it was 4%...10% unemployment to 5%...GDP (if you use that contrived metric) of negative 0.3% (under carter) to 4% in 88...the Misery Index (a combination of inflation & high unemployment-unpossible under Keynesian theory) 19% to 10%.

The Misery Index, now theres something we don't hear about today in the "progressive" captured media.

In fact, carter was THE WORST in my lifetime, a vacillating, weak, a pure statist specimen, until Obama came along and blew by carter as the worst in his very first year.

Anecdotally, I was unemployed when carter left office. By 1985 I had married, in 1986 we bought our first home, in 1987 we purchased the land we live on to this very day.

So, for me and many others who lived through it there is no comparison, carter=prius...Reagan=Cadillac.

TheGreatRecovery's picture

Rush Limbaugh was the toughest leader the USA ever had.  Rush Limbaugh would have kicked George Washington's butt and Andrew Jackson's butt and Teddy Roosevelt's butt.  If he had been there.  Rush Limbaugh would have singlehandedly defeated Stalin's armies and Hitler's armies and Julius Caesar's armies.  If he had been there.  But Rush wasn't there.  Nor was Rush in Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan.  Rush, you see, had to be the one staying home, in a multi-million-dollar oceanfront Florida palace with a built-in TV studio, chomping cigars and kicking butt over the radio and TV, between nice vacations to the Domican Republican, which is a freer country than the USA, because any other country is a freer country than the USA, which is why Rush lives in a multi-million-dollar oceanfront Florida palace in the USA.

nmewn's picture progs certainly do spend a lot of time on just one or two men. Try these "media personalities" when you speak of "income inequality"...

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

We'll leave Buffet & Soros aside for the moment ;-)

monad's picture

I voted for Mondale because I was sure he would lose. Haven't missed since.

Its no longer what I did, its what I am going to do, and how BB might game it.

I have a mission left in me.

TheGreatRecovery's picture

Plus, David Stockman is now saying that the "Trickledown Economics" aka "Supply Side Economics" didn't work and never could have worked.  Those, of course, are, I believe, Ronald Reagan's principal claim to fame (unless one counts overspending on the Military Industrial Complex so much that he bankrupted both the USSR and the USA, which is somehow "a great victory").