It is one of the roles of the true cultural artisan to accurately reflect back to society what the mass culture often senses on some visceral level, but lacks the full awareness to adequately vocalize at any given moment. The spiritually senstive artist can provide a reality check, a snapshot in space and time that says: “I feel this. Do you feel it too?” That is why certain musicians, painters, writers, and poets become national treasures over time. They help us to see ourselves. They frame certain important issues in a truthful or satirical light; they help us all TO SEE WHAT NEEDS TO BE SEEN. And the socialist agenda of the Obama administration definitely needed to be seen. – Chase Kyla Hunter
From time in American society when the mood of millions of people is cultivating a subconscious groundswell of common sentiment, often a particularly sensitive creative individual will feel the pulse of that growing groundswell and create a work of art, be it a song, an image, a lyric, a work of prose, what have you – that captures and voices the opinion of a silent majority of millions of people.
Bob Dylan famously did this in the 1960s with his simple but profound folk anthems that voiced the feelings of the entire youth of the nation about the Vietnam war and goverment collusion in sending thousands of young men to their deaths. The “Obama as Joker” artist has done the very same thing. His image voiced the legitimate feelings and concerns of millions of people in America. That’s precisely why the image went viral.
There was a degree of truth in it. The image hits a nerve because Americans are presently concerned for the future of their country as never before, and the outcry aginst socialist leaning laws and totalitarian governing tactics rubs America the wrong way. We should laud the gift of the artists in this country who are sensitive enough and intuitive enough to create works that set forward the right to our freedom of expression, our free speech, and set forward in one simple creative work the mood of a majority of American citzens at any given moment in time.
It is one of the roles of the true artisan to accurately reflect back to American society what the mass popular culture often subconsciously feels, but lacks the conscious knowledge on the surface to adequately express at any given moment. That is why certain musicians, painters, writers, poets become national treasures over time. They help us to see ourselves. They frame certain issues in a truthful or satirical light. They help us all TO SEE WHAT NEEDS TO BE SEEN. And the socialist agenda of the Obama administration definitely needed to be seen.
My words to the artist who created “Obama the Joker” are: “Well done. You hit the target square in the center of truthful recognition.”
Chase Kyla Hunter
- Heath Ledger’s Joker Rumored For ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Cameo (splashpage.mtv.com)
- Single Flat-Out Dumbest Wingnut Post of the Day (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- There Will NOT Be A Joker In The Next Batman Movie (perezhilton.com)
- W.H. braces for 10% unemployment (politico.com)
- Modern Joker Editorials – Lyle Lodwinck Wonderland Magazine Photo Shoot Clowns Around (GALLERY) (trendhunter.com)
- Rush Limbaugh Calls Obama a “Juvenile Delinquent” (alternet.org)
- Jon Stewart- You Are Part Of This Game Whether You Like It Or Not (pinkbananaworld.com)
- The Joker (blithespirit.wordpress.com)