Why so socialist?Well, who knew! Turns out that the person who generated the amateurish Photoshop of President Obama all dressed up as Heath Ledger’s most famous character short of a gay cowboy is, indeed, an amateur user of Photoshop! He did not append the dumb “SOCIALISM” tagline to the picture, though. That was the work of some still-anonymous doofus who found the Flickr page of Firas Alkhateeb and thought, “Hmm, what this really needs is a provocative but nonsensical word across the bottom.”

Anyway, the revelation that the Joker artist is a 20-year-old college student from a Palestinian family who says “If he had to choose a politician to support … it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich,” should put to rest any questions about the ascendancy of a dangerous right-wing Shepard Fairey.

Obama Joker artist unmasked: A fellow Chicagoan [Top of the Ticket]

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  • Johnny Zhivago

    Always remember to slap a copyright on your shit, no matter how crappy it is.

  • gurukalehuru

    Dang! If Dennis had found this guy earlier, he might be president today. Then we’d have health care, all rightie. Vegan health care.

    (just kidding. I’m a Kucinich fan myself)

  • rambone

    I assume that Alkhateeb is one of those Shit-Tites who is angry that Barry is a Sunny, or vice-a-versa.

    Why can’t all the Mulsins just get along and concentrate on their hatred for the Joos?

  • Canuckledragger

    Why does Dennis Kucinich hate our freedumbs?

  • hobospacejunkie

    Well finally I can get some sleep! This mystery gave me an almost incurable case of insmnia. I stayed up all night for weeks wondering WHO COULD IT BE? And wouldn’t you know it: it’s a Palestinian terrorist.

  • norbizness

    What does a bald Louise Brooks with drunkenly-applied makeup have to do with socialism?

  • patrickman

    Everything this man has ever experienced has been through Limewireâ„¢

  • Uncertainty Vice-Principal

    Maybe the birthwingbagnutsers will start just tacking the word socialism onto anything, related or not.

    Man one: “Well, you know that little bookstore was there for years, but then that big ol chain store came in and put em right outta bidness”

    Man two: “Socialism”

    Oh wait they do that already.

  • El Pinche

    Hahahaha, about 100000000 wingnuts are reverting there avatars back.

  • thefrontpage

    Who are these assholes claiming health care “socialism?”

    We guess that Medicare and Medicaid–which provide health insurance money for tens of millions of Americans, including conservatives, far-right-wingers and Republicanas–is not socialism? Even though it is government-sponsored, taxpayer-sponsored, tax-money-sponsored health care? Of course it’s not “socialism,” and neither is the Obama administration’s health reform plan.

    Nothing done by the Obama administration is in any way “socialism.” If ignorant people think that the government providing money to help certain institutiions is “socialism,” then, fine, we’ll take out all of the government money that goes to Medicaid, Medicaid, Social Security, education, the military, police departments, fire departments, public works agencies, transportation, planning and zoning, code enforcements, consumer affairs regulations, commerce rules, trade laws, import and export laws, existing health care, social services, corrections, jails, prisons, buses, subways, trains, the postal service, drivers’ license agencies, environmental agencies, fish and wildlife agencies, natural resources, pollution controls, and about 5,000 other government functions.

    Is government sponsoring all of these areas “socialism?”

    Maybe we shouldn’t have any government, and we’ll just live in some crazy, psycho, lawless society. Yes, that would be better.

    These protesters need to shut the hell up, get a life, and stop acting like assholes

  • Uncertainty Vice-Principal

    [re=389064]Johnny Zhivago[/re]:
    Always remember to slap a copyright on your shit, no matter how crappy it is.

    See, I had no idea you could copyright that.

    I guess it’s like snowflakes, no two are alike.

  • WadISay

    “To accuse him of being a socialist is really … immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?”

    Alkhateeb, Alkhateeb, you certainly are new around here, aren’t you?

  • Norbert

    Correction: Heath Ledger’s most famous character is Ulrich von Lichtenstein.

    [re=389073]norbizness[/re]: mmmmmmm…. Louise Brooks …. now there’s a Brooks whose thigh I’d like to grab

  • President Beeblebrox

    Dear Wonkett,

    Why is there a giant image showing the Canadian province of Nunavut as well as Greenland appearing on the left side of my screen, just above the Weblog Awards banner? Is this a secret message to the Canada City socialists to descend south and invade US America?


    Pres. Beeblebrox

  • american mutt

    Yah! Democrats continue to prove that they have no idea how to maintain power! Thanks Kucinish fan for ruining healthcare!

  • RobPetrified

    Thousands of wingers all over the internets will be changing their avatars/ signatures today.
    Not because the Obama / Joker image was created by a liberal Arab slacker, but just because they wanted something new.

  • Zadig

    Everyone saying that the wingers are going to be changing their avatars and sigs internet-wide today aren’t following this through to its logical conclusion, wherein the Freepers call for the impaled head of the artist, who is not merely a filthy liberal, but also an A-Rab who made derogatory images of the Preznit of USA.

  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=389080]thefrontpage[/re]: I support your Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome plan for society.

  • One Yield Regular

    “Hello, yes, you there, you with the joker poster. You DO know the artist who made that, according to your tea-party brethren, is both a member of Al Queda AND a communist, don’t you? On top of that, what about your fashion sense? That thing accessorizes *really* poorly with your ‘Don’t Tread on Me!’ flag.”

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  • maven

    So if right wingers use Mr Alkhateeb’s propoganda, are they palling around with terrorists?

  • Aurelio

    It’s a great fucking poster. A model in the aesthetics of propaganda. Absolutely superb. Just sayin’. I disagree with the message.

  • nader paul kucinich gravel

    Connect the dots.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    [re=389080]thefrontpage[/re]: This is what I have been trying to say all along. It’s just been getting lost under all the Snark I wear like so much murderous clown makeup. Dammit Denby, you were right! Let’s usher in a golden age of Civility & Sincerity together!

    What’s that, a Black Wingnut with assault rifle at a Health Care Rally? Grab me that snark bucket— I think I’m going to be sick.

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