Obama ‘Joker’ L.A. Poster Goes Viral

August 4, 2009

Los Angeles (ChattahBox) —  A poster depicting President Barack Obama as a parody of the late Heath Ledger’s “Joker” character from “The Dark Knight” is creating a stir. The image began appearing  on the streets of Los Angeles over the weekend, before becoming a viral online controversy early this week.

The poster coined as Obama-Joker has the word “socialism” (even though the Joker subscribed to anarchy), printed in bold dark letters under the image of his face.  No one has taken credit so far for creating and spreading the image across the city so far.  ABC reports that the original image of Obama used in the print appeared on a Oct. 23, 2006 Time magazine cover.

So if this free speech at work? For those of you that think so, how about if it was a well conservative figure depicted in a Nazi uniform, is that okay too?

We look forward now to comments from the weak minded who will tell us how this is all fair play given how poor George W. was picked on and openly mocked.


Comments

31 Responses to “Obama ‘Joker’ L.A. Poster Goes Viral”

  1. MaggieL on August 4th, 2009 9:12 am

    Slagging those supporting the obvious response as “weak minded” doesn’t preempt their point unless you can explain why that makes them “weak minded”.

    *I* would say anybody who wrote a blank check for “change” without getting a believable commitment as to what the change would *be* was not only “weak minded” but also “gullible”.

    The lefties can dish it out but they can’t take it.

  2. Mac Skiba on August 4th, 2009 9:20 am

    Sure I’ll volunteer to be the one to tell you how this is freedom of speech, clearly something you know nothing about. Odd seeing as your a journalist, and the one who is weak minded.

    The only hindrance to freedom of speech, is shouting fire in a crowded theatre, which I am more than happy to listen to you explain to me how this fits the criteria? Also for the record depicting a conservative in a Nazi Uniform is also protected under freedom of speech, but once again I am all to happy to hear your lame attempt to explain to me how that is unacceptable?

    The purpose of the first amendment is to protect offensive speech, seeing as there is no reason to protect unoffensive speech. Why would there be? Stop being a whiney liberal and learn to accept others who have opposing views.

  3. Noisome on August 4th, 2009 9:29 am

    Weak-minded? Apparently you’re one of the many that are part of the saying: “Brilliance from a moron.” You accept no sides other than your own and its apparently no use arguing with an idiot. Your failure has been noted.

    Noisome

  4. Carl Schmidt on August 4th, 2009 9:37 am

    Um, so I’m guessing by your preemptive strike against your would-be commentators indicates you don’t believe this is free speech? You’re also implying that everyone who may create an argument about George W. Bush’s mockery is weak-minded. Really?

    I think it’s pretty f**king funny seeing Obama’s face in Joker form. I don’t really understand the tie-in with the Joker, but that’s okay because I simply dislike Obama and his direction, largely for the reason emboldened in the photo.

    What I really don’t understand is your need to go after all conservatives when the photo in question is only focusing on one person and not the entire Democratic party (which I guess is also implied here that they are decidedly not conservative). I could see if the photo said all Democrats were Socialists. That would make sense. Apples to apples.

    You actually had a non-biased plain-facts article until the last two paragraphs, and that is *exactly* what’s wrong with “journalism,” though I am extremely hesitant to tie blogging with journalism.

    Finally, you make a perfectly valid point by trying to single out conservatives. George W. Bush was mocked, ridiculed, and so on heavily. How then is this not okay? That would be the definition of hypocrisy. If you have a problem with that I suggest finding your local bridge and jumping off of it, so as to rid us of one more fool that thinks they’re an intellectual.

  5. S R M on August 4th, 2009 9:43 am

    I think the picture is quite accurate. Another that might be used is his face in a condom because of the false sense of security he provides while we are all getting screwed by his policies.

    I’m tired of the mainstream media sucking up to this “clown” and not having the guts to perform some true, investigative reporting. They were always ready, and still are, to run Bush through the meat grinder.

  6. Bear on August 4th, 2009 9:50 am

    I appreciate the comments and expected to get flamed. The assumption here is that I am a bleeding heart liberal who can’t accept people flaming Obama. But my real issue/concern is that we live in a time where all sides of the political spectrum have so little regard for decency and respect that they are so happy to wave the flag of freedom of speech when it’s not their side under attack.

  7. Kevin, on August 4th, 2009 9:55 am

    Funny how we forget all of the cartoons and images done during the Bush administartion. How about the General Petraeus cartoon. I don’t remember any journalist sticking up for them

  8. dude love on August 4th, 2009 10:24 am

    weak minded? F*ck YOU!

  9. GThent on August 4th, 2009 10:35 am

    Oh c’mon, “Bear”. If “weak-minded” people could get used to the visual slander that was directed at our previous President, then surely this is a walk in the park. In fact, it isn’t nearly as egregious. Please get over yourself.

  10. tiara on August 4th, 2009 10:39 am

    seriously he deserves this…..but he is joking himself…. there are guys like huffington and http://www.forecastfortomorrow.com that keep bringing the truth….but obama and his clowns dont… and i underline the word clowns there….this whole thing is a charade and a joke peoples.

    god bless and prepare for the coming 12 months…i am not joking.

  11. Sue Ramariz on August 4th, 2009 10:49 am

    It seems that the main line media is so protective of Obama it makes you ill. It is freedom of speech to allow people to show what they think of Obama. It thinks it shows what kind of journalists you are by assuming if we respond positive to this we are weak-minded. I think the weak-minded are the ones who have attitudes like you.

  12. Laura B on August 4th, 2009 11:01 am

    I like how you set that up. You have already determined that this is not free speech and that anyone who disagrees is weak minded. Many people really believe Obama to be a socialist, myself included. I find the poster and the reaction from the left rather humorous. Without a doubt…it’s free speech! By the way, comparing the joker (a fictional character) to a Nazi is a stretch.

  13. Jason Bidish on August 4th, 2009 11:07 am

    Bear… if your real issue was how people get fired up when the funnies are attacking your own side you wouldn’t have said “weak minded” in referring to those of us that disagree with you. Also, what “assumption” that you’re a bleeding heart liberal, it’s ok you can have your own point of view and your own political thinking. However…you didn’t really leave anything to question, again, using weak minded.

    So… as a journalist… can you answer why this parody (a very true to life parody if I do say so) will get everyone, mostly liberals, up in arms. When 1, the liberals poked fun at ‘ol G-dub in every form of medium possible, 2, that it was funny when it was against G-dub and not when it’s our “savior” Barack and 3, that there’s a question of freedom of speech all of a sudden when it comes to Barack but was never in question during W’s terms.

    Also…. we live in a time that every freedom is question and taken to the courts, constantly. A kid prays in school and he’ll probably be suspended for it… but an artist can make a Jesus out of feces and…hey it’s art and freedom of expression. You constantly have to watch your back with every joke you say. If you sneeze incorrectly and the media will be all over you like white on rice. Events like this make my skin crawl because our individual freedoms that our constitution gives us goes into question every day, ESPECIALLY if it’s something a conservative or Republican (who are treated as Nazi’s and Facists in the media) does. Take Imus, he said nappy headed hoes…was it in bad taste? Of course, did he mean to hurt them…absolutely not. Did the media take the fact that he has a camp for kids and that a lot of those kids are minorities and his intentions (his intentions on the use of his freedoms)? No. He was canned and by God they better have canned him! But take our savior…liberal…democrat…. goes on Leno or Letterman – which is irrelevant – and pretty much makes fun of kids with disabilities. Nothing…yeah there was some chatter…but nothing like Imus. Nothing close… Now…and please be honest with yourself. If George W. Bush was on Leno and said the same exact thing…knowing the liberal bias of the media (you have to admit that) and how they treated George…how would they have reacted? Be honest. And then ask… why do people – well us “weak minded” people react the way we Nazi Conservatives do…

  14. Jon on August 4th, 2009 11:12 am

    I try to make an intelligent comment, but your site does not permit anti-Obama ideas to be posted.

  15. Jon on August 4th, 2009 11:18 am

    Let me try again – spelling things a little different…

    Fascis m and Socialis m are left-wing ideals. Both of them require totalita rian government in order to work.

  16. Jon on August 4th, 2009 11:20 am

    That’s because the left-wing progressive agenda does not emerge from natural law. Progressives believe it is more important to create ‘new’ truth than to preserve self-evident realities. Liberals are outcome based thinkers. Conservatives are foundational thinkers in the mold of our founding fathers who understood that natural law is more sacred than human desire. They penned a wonderful constitution trying to express the supremacy of self-evident truth. The left-win g agenda shows little interest in natural law or self-evident truth. The experimental expression of various human beliefs is more interesting to them. Whether or not the belief du-jur emerges from self-evident truth is irrelevant. Liberals are more interested in getting things done than getting things right.

  17. Jon on August 4th, 2009 11:21 am

    The only way to implement unnatural outcomes is to create unnatural government power to create unnatural laws that force unnatural demands on a society of naturally free people. – In other words Totalitarianis m – The authority of the State. Fasci sts turn to government to vilify those who do not agree with the well-intentioned outcomes. – Fasc ism, Socialis m, Mar xism, Naz ism, Commun ism, Totalitaria nism and Libera lism – In terms of how they operate, they’re all the same. No question about it – Obama falls in this category.

  18. Joe on August 4th, 2009 11:21 am

    Bear, what a bull-crap response to the comments being made about your “article”… now you just look like you are trying to cover your own butt, for what you now know was a stupid statement…

    By what you have now said, you’ve basically ostracized almost all of the population of America, as well as our founding fathers who wanted to make sure that our freedom of speech was never taken away, so that people may freely express their opinions… regardless of what others think or say… and you’re trying, with your words, to suppress what people think, by calling them weak minded….

    Bush was compared to Hitler… Obama is thought to be socialist…. if you don’t like either one, than too bad!!! People are free to have their own opinions, and to express them, regardless of the fact that a second-rate blogger finds them decent, or respectful… that is once again your opinion, and apparently you think that anyone with an opinion other than yours is weak-minded…

    “We look forward now to comments from the weak minded who will tell us how this is all fair play…”
    “But my real issue/concern is that we live in a time where all sides of the political spectrum have so little regard for decency and respect…”

    You’ve told us that it’s weak minded to make comments saying that this is free speech because the like was considered free speech against bush… now you tell us that your “real issue” is with decency…. so now you’re trying to say that it’s weak minded to express how we feel about any of our political leaders… you just plain make me laugh….. Make up your mind… which is it… or is it both??? Or is it you just trying to regain what shred of respect you may have held before your utterly ridiculous statement at the end of the post???

    You are exactly what’s wrong with any type of media in the U.S. they can no longer just report what is going on, an opinion of their own always has to be tacked on to the end… they believe they are the ones that have the right opinion about everything, and anyone that does not have the same opinion as them is wrong. And to try to dissuade people from saying anything back, they will fire of some ridicule against anyone who thinks differently, i.e. calling people weak minded…

    Please… PLEASE!!! If you have any aspiration to be a decent writer/journalist at all… keep your dumb comments to yourself, and believe that the American people are smart enough to decide what they think about a particular situation, instead of trying to tell them what they should think, because you don’t believe that they are capable of thinking for themselves.

  19. Jon on August 4th, 2009 11:43 am

    Here’s an old European adage, quoted by Winston Churchill, Betrand Russell and others:

    “If a man is not a social ist in his youth, he has no heart. If he is
    not a conservative by the time he is 30 he has no head”

    Makes me wonder, who’s the weak-minded ones in the room?

    (by the way, how old is Obama?)

  20. joe on August 4th, 2009 12:01 pm

    it’s about time people see him for what he is a big joke. i still can’t belive the amount of people that bought his line of bs. and voted for him. he is destroying this country slowly but its happening and i still can’t belive people still stand behind him. people get more like sheep everyday.

  21. Greg on August 4th, 2009 12:09 pm

    It’s interesting how polarizing the poster is. One other editorial said, “Another Heath Ledger’s Joker was the villain’s villain, bent on gleeful destruction. There’s no “hope” here.”

    Perhaps that’s why the poster has such resonance. Because it so accurately captures the spirit of the man.

  22. Michael on August 4th, 2009 12:44 pm

    Put Obama/Joker picture ” socialist” next to “W”/Joker picture “capitalist” and have people vote most popular response.
    P.S.Make sure the vote is worded favorite way of life etc.

  23. Burn on August 4th, 2009 2:26 pm

    Wow Bear you just got served.

  24. Remy on August 4th, 2009 3:28 pm

    First of all, yes, showing a conservative figure in a Nazi uniform is free speech. I am old enough to remember a poster of Spiro Agnew as a hippie. I never found it hateful, but it was really dam funny, and it even made it to the walls of congress back in the day. You can see it at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/fullRecord.asp?id=61835.
    I don’t find the Obama/Joker to be hateful or funny. The Joker has never been connected to racism or socialism, so there is no point to the whole thing. I saw a poster the other day showing Obama as an African witch doctor. That was racist, and perhaps hateful. Fortunately that one has not made the national news.
    This poster is simply a case of someone with Photoshop attempting to be cute and failing miserably. Still, it is free speech. Ignore it and get on with your life. This is the type of nonsense every public figure has to deal with, even your guy!

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  26. The_BrutE on August 4th, 2009 4:30 pm

    THIS IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH. This is why I fight in the military. Any person that doesn’t like it DONT view it. People burning the flag get less ridicule than this and I have to protect them. And who ever started the whole “the picture is white” get over it if you hate racism DONT commit about it. And welcome to the world, thousands of cartoonest make fun of our leader ship every day and noone cares about those, why should this be any different. As for the cop who spoke out about this YOU OVERSTEPED YOUR BOUNDS, what happened to the innocent until proven guilty law? what about protecting the Bill of Rights? (and marganly unlawful because of slander)

  27. aragon on August 4th, 2009 9:04 pm

    Everything;s to the left if your a flip-flop, right wing, nazi conservative. Pretend you’re successful by being obnoxious. too boring. You conservatives are upset because people don’t want to be you-only because we’ve fought two wars in the last hundred years stopping your kind. why not let the joker run the country? Bush didn’t do any better.

  28. Mac Skiba on August 5th, 2009 5:50 am

    Aragon, I suggest you learn your history because Hitler was a leftist. Both socialism and communism are leftist ideals. Conservatives aren’t upset because liberals don’t agree with them, clearly I can’t speak for everybody, but I can speak for myself. I just find it funny how liberals do not see the hypocrisy and childishness of their arguments.

  29. Disenchanted on August 5th, 2009 2:39 pm

    The Joker – The Joke’s on the people who believed in HIS CHANGE. The rest of us think this is degrading to the Joker.

  30. urweakminded on August 6th, 2009 2:04 am

    you should really try looking into the details of why this poster came to exist. you might learn a thing or two.

  31. C.M. on August 7th, 2009 12:05 am

    In case no one has figured it out, free speech is not about protecting normal things people say (as Mac Skiba noted).

    Free speech is so everyone can speak their mind . . . but seriously, that is so vague and intentionally all-encompassing that it doesn’t really underscore the true importance behind it.

    Read Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” Free speech and public assembly are the last-ditch effort before violent revolution. Free speech is there to give us the ability to fight the ruination of our country and ourselves with resorting to violence. Take it away, and there will be violence.

    That’s why it is important.

    That is also why it is followed by the second amendment, the right to bear arms. Because if free speech fails or is impeded, weapons must be used as a last resort to keep our freedom.

    Imagine if our free speech and our weapons were taken away . . .

    OH! That’s right. That’s what that little word in the poster, “socialism,” is warning us about. Hello!

    P.S. Why does everyone think that when the Second Amendment says “the right to bear arms,” people universally say it is about firearms? Arms are ALL WEAPONS. A lot of good people would go completely nuts if guns were banned . . . but our Second Amendment has already been thrashed because in CA, and probably other states, there are a whole bucketload of “arms” that are banned, including blowguns, cane swords, throwing stars, and billy clubs/batons. Think about that last one, because batons are little more than a stick. Hang on . . . I’m sure stones will be outlawed soon. We don’t have much wiggle room.

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