A magazine in Spain, Magazine Fuera de Serie, is under fire after publishing a photoshopped image of a topless First Lady Michelle Obama. The image shows FLOTUS sitting in a chair, covered with what appears to be an American flag, with one of her breasts exposed. It looks as if the first black First Lady has been remade into a slave wearing a head wrap, thanks to technology.
The question many critics are asking is did anyone ever publish a nude magazine cover of Laura Bush? What about Barbara? Hillary? Of course not, but it seems that, even as First Lady, people across the globe feel that they can use Michelle Obama’s image for whatever purpose they desire.
In this instance, Michelle Obama’s face was superimposed on the body of an African Guadeloupean female slave painted by Frenchartist Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist in 1800.
To the artist’s credit, she has done other famous nudes, some of them white. But the idea that Michelle Obama’s face would be superimposed on a slave’s body has special meaning, and anyone with half a brain would know that.
I’m sure the artist, Karine Percheron-Daniels, knows that this representation of Obama shows her as submissive and powerless. And that wasn’t by accident. That was the plan.