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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Spanish mag puts Michelle Obama's head on a portrait of topless slave

Spanish magazine, Magazine de Fuera de Serie placed Michelle Obama's head in a 1800 portrait of a slave with an exposed breast, with an article that says - 'Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America'. Both Mrs Obama's great-great grandfather and great-great-great grandmother were slaves.

What do you think of this? Offensive? Racist? Artistic?

119 comments:

Anonymous said...

very, very offensive and incredibly ignorant.

Anonymous said...

Ugly!

stephanie said...

Offensive,racist and beastly! Not fair naa

NUBIAN QUEEN™ said...

i think it is highly offensive yeye spanish people!!! No respect whatsoever for the First lady would they put the head of the Queen of Spain on a a half naked woman no matter what she represented? i don't think so this is wrong on so many levels

Anonymous said...

very, very offensive and incredibly ignorant.

chi said...

d magazine should be sued

Anonymous said...

errr...

Anonymous said...

no matter what it means, it will not stop her from being the very first lady. so that is their business

Anonymous said...

Retarded magazine publisher!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Offensive!!!!

tosin said...

I fnk its art

deekay said...

Na wa oh! So wrong

Kim said...

The magazine should be banished and sent to the evil latino forest

Anonymous said...

Spain is a racist country naw. You need to listen to the monkey chants towards Pepe, Marcelo, Dani Alves etc in Clasico matches.
Even Luis Aragones is a racist.
Stupid idiots

sakara said...

this is total rubbish, people r disrespecting leaders d more these days

gold said...

Na jealousy dey worry dem, make dem go hug transformer stupid racist. The fact still remains dat a black man run dis world **tongueout**

okorodudu said...

whatever one wishes to call it, one thing is true, she is! Well so fcuking what?! See where she is now.

Anonymous said...

On d surface, dis is racist & offensive. But lookin deeper, it's a celebration of d fact dat slave'll not b slaves foreva. Dis is a story of a woman who's risen from grass 2 graceful grace.

I am an African male-feminist! www.kingkoboko.wordpress.com/i-am-a-male-feminist

Anonymous said...

Ds is d heights o insensitivity,d peak o racial abuse n indeed d zenith o flagrant display o ignaranc on a whole new level...punitive measures shld b taken against d mag....ublegendz

Anonymous said...

She must be doing something right for the hoes to even put in effort to edit this photo. At least they are talking about her. She's winning! Go Michelle.

dopeskin said...

Offesive and racist... Spainards are usually racist people and I bet the world power(america) gon show them.. This is not just freedom of press bt political..

Anonymous said...

Useless spainards with their irritating accent!Racist MFs! Well she is the First Lady of the USA now, they should all go and drown.I love u Michelle!

Anonymous said...

I dont see it as offensive, its a leason to everyone. People look at it this way, Born from a slave lineage and rose to lead the most powerful country. No be small thing naaa

Anonymous said...

Hey U guys sayings 'it's racist, beastly etc'. If it was our very own Patience Jonathan that was this portrayed wouldn't you say 'yes her illiterate head deserves it'

The painting is a reality; all black American, living or dead have ancestry roots in black slaves. The black americans don't deny their roots anyway. They even try to trace their lineage. So why the fuss?

Muse said...

In one word, STUPID!!! and that's no insult but absolute reality. how else do you describe the state of the mind who created this?

Anonymous said...

I can understand what they are trying to say. Who would ever thought a woman with ancestors who were slaves would one day be the First Lady of the USA. However, I feel as though they could have gotten the message across in another way. She is a classy lady anyways and I am sure will not be losing any sleep over this. Love you Michelle Obama!

Her ancestors must be smiling down on her with pride and joy.

Anonymous said...

Racist in all ramifications

yvonne said...

offensive/racisit

happyhausabunny said...

So ryt! Dey can eat deir hearts out! She's america's 1st black 1st lady! Silly ppl

Somi Ekhasomhi said...

Shows bad taste and bad judgement, but the intended message is not racist. The picture plus the caption is supposed to convey how far blacks have come/ progressed since slavery... (Michelle Obama ..... Lady of America).

Anonymous said...

Sharraap!

Anonymous said...

ignoraqnt, offensive and VERY RACIST

Anonymous said...

ALL OF THE ABOVE AND VERY TACKY!!!

Anonymous said...

My recommendation Guantanamo should prep up an isolated room ready. Visitors coming soon!!

This is highly offensive.Any that is silly stupid, racist, and not funny!! the people must be pigs

Richard said...

Spaniards have forgotten that they are a mixture of Black and White bloods. Let them go read their history.

Anonymous said...

they just show us the beauty of American society.unlike in Naija where ur local government determines what U get from the society.not offensive in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Ublegendz say.....
Error in judgement 4rm d spanish mag

Anonymous said...

This is so unfair, i guess racism is here to stay!!! Problem is we keep proving these people right

Anonymous said...

Anything to sell a magazine...they ought to be embarrased.

Anonymous said...

Never let anybody make u feel down...anyone that sees a black person as a slave in today's world is actually in bondage. The last time I checked, black pple are living the life....I know how much the oyibos try to put us down, but they can't. Slavery is in the mind.

http://ashirigbakaute.blogspot.com/ said...

Slavery is in the mind....don't let anybody ever make u feel less important.

IVORY CHI said...

LOL

I READ THE FULL ARTICLE SOMEWHERE ELSE...FROM READING THE ARTICLE YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM ARTISTICALLY


AS THE ORIGINAL POTRAIT WAS FIRST CREATED TO MARK THE 6TH YEAR OF SLAVE ABOLISHMENT, AND WAS ALSO AT A TIME WHERE FEMINIST MOVEMENT WAS RAMPANT...SO THEY ARE JUXTAPOSING TWO ERA'S



HOWEVER, EVEN WITH THAT SAD, WHEN I FIRST SAW THE PICTURE...I THOUGH "HOW DARE THEY!"


THIS WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN, IS PLAIN BLACK AND WHITE, ONLY A FOOL WOULD THINK OTHERWISE

Anonymous said...

ITS JUST A BUNCH OF LOSERS WHO WILL DIE STILL FINDING IT HARD TO BELIEVE A BLACK MAN IS PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

THE PORTRAIT HAS NO MEANING WHATSOEVER!

Anonymous said...

They did this to get attention and you guys are giving it to them

Anonymous said...

Honestly I don't think the fact that she's a descendant of a slave is offensive, afterall its the fact! And its an archievement on her path! The same descendant of a slave that is the most respected woman in the world today..... A big shame on the spanish mag for not respecting her!!! They need to be sued, I agree.

Anonymous said...

Damn losers

BLOGLORD said...

racism of the highest order. in otherwords blacks are slaves in it? total bull...
that mag should be sued seriously

Lisa, London said...

It is art and th4 open to interpretation. So Not offensive. tis showing the rise of the slave. What was formerly considered an inferior being is now the 1st lady.

YankeeNaija said...

disrespectful and RUDE!

Anonymous said...

They r jst bloody racist bcos der's notin artistic abt dis

Anonymous said...

It is funny how they forget history so quickly. They had better cast their minds back to the roman 10th legion. Don't they ever wonder how they got their skin color. Such a silly thing to do.

anjie said...

retards, thats why they'r in their current state..illiterates..

Samuel Odimuko said...

Are we counting spanish people as civilized creature? they are bunch of fools. Economic crisis is about to finish those latinos.

Henry. said...

The recession must be hitting them so hard they can/would do/write anything to make a living and draw attention.What a pity,by the way are the Spanish whites or Arabs?

Henry. said...

The recession must be hitting them so hard they can/would do/write anything to make a living and draw attention.What a pity,by the way are the Spanish whites or Arabs?

Anonymous said...

The recession must be hitting them so hard they can/would do/write anything to make a living and draw attention.What a pity,by the way are the Spanish whites or Arabs?

chichiluv said...

This family don suffer o!

Anonymous said...

Acknowledging this gives them credibility..blacks should learn to rise above this..race baiting..lived abroad for years on end..and heard it all..my own is until u say to my face or attack me racially..I'm sure one of us would leave this earth and wouldn't be me...

Anonymous said...

Spanish people are senseless just like the ones in my class so am not surprised. mschew

big penis guy. said...

racist thus very offensive. #BIGDICKROCKS

steezz.com said...

Its simply stupid.

Isima Richards said...

Na wa oh! where did dy get the idea to do this kind of artistic nonsense!

Anonymous said...

Very offensive and racist...some of the europeans whos ancestors were peasants do they paint their first lady as a peasant and call it art?

4th idiot said...

Lemme quickly say this.
I dnt knw if the mag meant to be racist or not.
But I do remember that most of us here sided with the Dutch magazine that tried out a western kind of humour with the holy prophet.I rmember a lot of us prescribed the chill pill 4 as many who were offended.
By the way me is a Christian.

Anonymous said...

They probably meant well. Rags to power story but it was I intelligently poorly executed hence offensive

Anonymous said...

If it ws Dame jonathan m̷̸̐̐ sure U̶̲̥̅̊ people would hav supported the paper.

Anonymous said...

It depends on what the article in the magazine says, not just the picture in front, so has anyone asked a Spaniard to translate yet? The drawback of being a kind of celebrity in politics is that you could get subjected to less than conservative media scrutiny *sigh* O well. Let's see how America reacts.

sandra ijeme dickson said...

Absolutely uncalled 4!!!

Anonymous said...

For someone that types/pronounces think as 'fink', the word art should NEVER be used by you or anyone related to you.

Morlard. said...

Blah blah blah!!! All yur comments are cool!!! But all I see is , Work of Art.. Whic may symbolise Grass 2 Grace .. Unconditional beauty etc .. We All should learn to open up our minds and think outside the box ... Lol

Anonymous said...

Mr. Truth says...... The queen of england called the king of Spain crying cos of prince harry's nude picture. The king of Spain now said, don't mind those silly Americans and their useless las Vegas. We will help u do them back. We will put the first lady naked on our cover magazine. The queen now said "no pls, just expose only one of her Bobbi". Gbam, and here we are. See? Everyone has forgotten about prince Harry. My CIA friend told me this story

Anonymous said...

Spanish people are known to be racist. At my university it is even more evident! Small minded ignorant people!

Anonymous said...

Which kain dirty art???? Did they run out of artistic ideas??? Abeg this is offensive on every possible level! Its heartbreaking that some parts of the world are still so backward. P.E.

Anonymous said...

No mind them na d same pple

chinedu akenzua said...

It may seem beastly, but the celebration of abolition of slavery trade is near, and michelle is a historical figure, this shows how far the black race have been here, irrespective of how we see it, slavery and slave trade cannot be taken away from the black race. It is high time we understood this as members of the priceless race.

Anonymous said...

This is absurd no regards watsoever,they should b sued..mtsheww..YB

Anonymous said...

Well,depends on hw u see it,I think dis is inspirin n allegorical in d sense dat u can b anyfin in spite of ur background...a slave descent nw mother america.

Anonymous said...

Naturally Spanish people are racist so I'm not surprised!

NONSO NNOLI said...

All of them......

iSaAc said...

Smell the coffee. Those of you aspiring to go Oyimbo land, oyimbo man has no respect 4 blackman unless them they see something cho
p from you. You know what? She is the FIRST LADY OF THE WORLD. Michelle, we got ur back.
@eeeao

iSaAc said...

Smell the coffee. Those of you aspiring to go Oyimbo land, oyimbo man has no respect 4 blackman unless them they see something cho
p from you. You know what? She is the FIRST LADY OF THE WORLD. Michelle, we got ur back.
@eeeao

Anonymous said...

I agree with Somi. I think it's meant to show how far black people have come in America.

Anonymous said...

whether slave or no slave,what matters now is that she is the first lady or wife of the president of the most powerful country in the world if not the wife of the president of the world......the publisher of that mag should cover his or her face in shame because he or she is nobody. BAD BELLE!! Na the thing wey dey worry the publisher of the mag# #tongues out# to the publisher

mzdeei said...

its offensive, disrespectful and highly racist. they must pay for this jor......

Anonymous said...

I dnt kno if uve eva heard of d pronoun "I"...dis is my personal opinion n unless ur name is michelle obama n ur married to d president of d united state u sudnt take it so personal...

Anonymous said...

I totally concur with that. On the surface it might seem offensive, but looking deeper it actually reflects a milestone achievement in americas history.

Frank said...

this is the height of disrespect.spaniards are known for being racists,but i think whoever masterminded this very one,took it too far.
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Anonymous said...

So offensive!
Spanish don't like blacks!
I see that here!

SLAVES?
Who made us slaves?
Whether they like it or not, their forefathers ate sour grapes, so their teeth will be on edge for all eternity to come!

angel said...

Na dem sabi

NUBIAN QUEEN™ said...

yes we know what message they are trying to pass the issue is not the message but the use of a half naked woman they could have used a fully clothed slave but they didn't.....

dapichi said...

BLOODY RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So?Shame to them, a daughter of slaves like deyy sed is World NO 1 woman.

Anonymous said...

Its incredibly racist. Poor them, She is the President's wife already. They should deal with it.* he he* beef.

Morlard said...

Linda .. Nwanne , you don't approve my views on here .. Issorai ..

Anonymous said...

This is very offensive, insultive and degrading. The magazine shuld b sued.

Anonymous said...

The message is ambiguous. And I believe it is meant to be so. It is what you call a veiled insult. It is also a message to the black race. The magazine would like to argue that it is a compliment. But lets look at this objectively. Yes, her great grand parents were slaves. But was she a slave? Besides, can anyone say with any certainty that her African ancestors were slaves? For all we know she could be of royal lineage. So in truth how far has she come? She has come just as far as all other first ladies before her. Therefore superimposing her face on a slave's body is not really a compliment in any way. What they are really saying is, 'Once a slave, always a slave'.

And the bottom line is this: They don't like you. Get over it and move on. And they will never respect you until you get your act together and start thinking of ways to do to them what they did (and are still doing) to you. We're not talking revenge here but just balancing a thoroughly lopsided equation.

Understand this. We are beginning to see the fightback against all the civil rights and other emancipation movements of the last century. Their economies are failing. And once again they are looking to rebuild on the backs of a tried, tested and very effective method. The earlier we Africans (and their descendants) begin to realise this and start thinking seriously of defensive and offensive mechanisms to stop this from ever happening again, the more secure our future and that of our descendants will be.

Anonymous said...

i mix with sanish people and i can categorically tell you that dem no like blacks at alll so it does not surprise me sha but this is very distasteful

Anonymous said...

i really don't see nothing wrong in this... Very artistic i guess! Will like to knw if its a fact anyway. Afterall anytime any1 calls our ex president an ape, we all laff, or when he's called the convict president, we think its amusing. So, if its him, y not her?

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous, August 28, 2012 6:15 PM- Spain may be a racist country but we Nigerians and other black people have not really helped ourselves with our involvement in crime activities in Spain. Perhaps when we step back and reflect on why Nigerians are so unpopular in Spain, then we would not need to be under any illusions whatsoever.

chizzy nnamdi said...

it really offensive

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Okpeke ur head dey dia jare! U must be a poet or an artist. It can oly take ingenuity to read such meaning to dis pix d way u did. If am ur lecturer imma give u 105 over 100.~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310.

Anonymous said...

AMAZON,

I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL!

What crap. How dare they.


brandigest said...

Highly offensive

ace said...

y bluntn d nipple na? O God

Anonymous said...

It is OFFENSIVE and RACIST!!! There is nothing artistic about the picture as it is very obvious that the picture was edited!

Anonymous said...

i think michelle obama needs to sue this magazine asin what arrant nonsense is this ehh

Anonymous said...

Black Americans should stop travelling to Spain on holidays. That would teach them sense. In fact, all black women should boycott Spanish holidays. I never knew that they were so racist.

A British magazine would never publish that. Not even American mags. It is above racism, it was to run her down. We Africans know that we were not from slaves and would not want to mock children of slaves.

Anonymous said...

At first, I thought it was racist, but then I said 'isn't life funny:)'.......to me it shows she now leads the same country where her ancestors were slave.....ROSE AGAINST ALL ODDS, SO IT'S ALL GOOD!.....WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! SO NEVER UNDERESTIMATE ANYONE!

All those 'house girls and boys' you Nigerians have and look down on, will one day become LEADERS!

And the last shall become FIRST......I LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

At first, I thought it was racist, but then I said 'isn't life funny:)'.......to me it shows she now leads the same country where her ancestors were slave.....ROSE AGAINST ALL ODDS, SO IT'S ALL GOOD!.....WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! SO NEVER UNDERESTIMATE ANYONE!

All those 'house girls and boys' you Nigerians have and look down on, will one day become LEADERS!

And the last shall become FIRST......I LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

At first, I thought it was racist, but then I said 'isn't life funny:)'.......to me it shows she now leads the same country where her ancestors were slave.....ROSE AGAINST ALL ODDS, SO IT'S ALL GOOD!.....WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! SO NEVER UNDERESTIMATE ANYONE!

All those 'house girls and boys' you Nigerians have and look down on, will one day become LEADERS!

And the last shall become FIRST......I LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

Linda,

You are also joining them in disrespecting Michelle and black womanhood by publishing this awful image. Please take it down.I can asure you a diplomatic row has started because if this and Spain will suffer for it. maybe you want to join.

R.Star said...

typical of the Spanish, racists and ignorant. its not only very offensive, its highly disrespectful, but as long as the object of their scorn is black, it wont mean much to them, its beyond their comprehension. they call us black people monkeys, but they dont even have the brains of monkeys, thats part of why their economy is the way it is...imagine this, a real madrid fan made snide/racist remarks about Portugese people, guess who was her house guest that day...Cristiano Ronaldo, yep true story, she apparently could not fathom that Ronaldo was portugese, because he's such a great footballer. in otherwords cos he's great he cant really be portugese...racist morons

Str8FrmDaHips said...

They should concentrate on their economy instead of flooding the UK ..
And as far as I'm concerned..there's nothing like a Diaspora slave..this were people that were captured through war and kinapping and then turned into slaves..they took some of our most powerful men..u seen how huge the Americans and Jamaicans are!!..
Fast forward 2012..enuff black people imbue and play up to having a slave mentality

Anonymous said...

She should feel very insulted and embarrassed by this,why not a properly covered up black lady.All i could say is they are envious of her.He he he she is american's first lady and there is nothing they can do about this,hellooo spanish,wake up this d reality of things, whether you guys believe it or not.

ric said...

very offensive.

ric said...

very offensive and demeaning.

Lisa, London said...

the picture is very inspirational, infact i'm saving a copy to show to my children. I really do hope they can think outside the box and see the numerous positive messages behind the picture instead of the myopic version.

Anonymous said...

I hear Spanish people can be racist, this confirms it.

Anonymous said...

Not at all artistic! Very rude and wrong

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