You grew up in Charleston, South Carolina in the late '70s and early '80s. How different would your artistic experience have been if you emerged from, say, Myanmar in 2015?Who cares? How the hell would he know what growing up in Myanmar in 2015 is like?
However, the artist in question is Shepard Fairey who created the Hope Change icons of Barack Obama that helped get elected the first anti-American president. Fairey's thanks was a lawsuit filed by the Associated Press, a tax-exempt organization whose management all supported Obama, for misappropriating an AP picture to make the icon. Obama abandoned him. Welcome to lesson No. 1 about Obama, he cares only for himself.
But the liberal tears from Fairey in the Patch interview are tasty:
Question: Do you think Obama has lived up to your "Hope" poster?
Answer: Not even close.
Question: How come?
Answer: Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]. 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. 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.
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. It's just like what I was talking about with Rebel Music and art. 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.Fairey is in his 40s and he should know by now that Obama was all about domestic spying and control of the American people.
We changed the entire electoral system to suit Obama. The ignorance got him elected. Facts are ignored as the media shapes the news. And Fairey was the biggest one of them all seven years ago.