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Michelle Obama Does Topless Magazine Cover For Filthy Europeans

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That's MRS. Flotus to you...Here is the great news for those of us who have longed for some FLOTUS in our lives these past few days: Michelle Obama is involved in another scandal again, and surprise surprise, it involves Spain and France and being an African and, oh wait, NUDITY. And once our nation’s bucket hat-wearing slobs and zombie white ladies finish fantasizing about what Clint Eastwood would say to them if they were an empty chair (gross!) they will probably get around to being “appalled” that our First Lady is a naked slave on a foreign magazine. Or they will fight for as many copies as they can get their creepy, trembling hands on. Actually, they will probably experience both of these reactions simultaneously. So what now, Ann Romney, homemaker/equestrian?

Is it racist? Is it art? Is it the result of a free 30-day trial of Photoshop gone awry? Let’s ask these questions while staring at a blurred-out cartoon boob!

[Fuera de Serie] either decided to go provocative or political when featuring a manipulated image of the first lady pictured as a topless, enslaved woman.

Taken from the “Famous Nudes” series done by artist Karine Percheron-Daniels, the painting was created by superimposing Obama’s face onto the body of the Black enslaved woman shown in the 1800 “Portrait d’une négresse” by French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist.

“By choosing to use such a jarring image to tell the story of how America’s first lady “seduced the people of the United States” and “stole the heart of Barack Obama,” as Fuera de Serie describes her,” writes Brande Victorian of Madame Noire, “it’s clear the magazine agrees with that mentality and wants to spread the message loud and clear: todavía estamos esclavos. We are still slaves.”

But no, an involuntary topless magazine cover is supposed to be empowering. You are getting it all wrong!

Percheron-Daniels has even updated her website with a statement regarding the controversial Fuera de Serie cover:

If any of you have found this piece of art insulting I would like to say that my GENUINE intention was never to chock [sic] or upset anyone. I created this picture as part of a series of other famous nudes. As an artist I only paint and create pictures of people I admire and feel passionate about Michelle Obama is one of these people. In my eyes, the picture I created here is of a beautiful woman with a beautiful message: The first Lady of America in the first time in history is a black woman who proudly and confidently displays her WOMANHOOD (the nude) her ROOTS (the slave) and her POWER (the First Lady of America embraced by the American flag). This picture, is a celebration of EVERYTHING GOOD, it is a celebration of achievment and in my opinion is not a racist slur.

So, uh, anyways, does anyone know who won that cookie bake-off? OH WHO CARES Michelle Obama is pretend-naked on the cover of a magazine! Sorry, Family Circle magazine, you lose this round. Four more years! [HuffPo/Styleite]

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  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    BE IN MY BUNK!

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      *whew*

      OK, where was I?

      Oh, right. Well, hell, it sells magazines. I'm shocked, Blair, you didn't post it here for the cheap hits. I mean, I still get weekly hits for a photo I posted four years ago of Dara Torres…in a bikini.

  • ChernobylSoup

    Two words: Predator drones.

  • sbj1964

    This is an outrage! Where can I get a copy?

  • eggsacklywright

    I'm always getting Percheron-Daniels confused with Clydesdale-Smith.

  • No_Wire_Hangers

    It could be worse, people. It could be a nude of Chris Crispie Creme.

    • YasserArraFeck

      Also a slave – to his voracious appetite (and don't get me started on his magnificent mannaries……Oy!)

    • sewollef

      Oh for god's sake….. good job for you I've just eaten lunch, young (wo)man!

      That's all Ima gonna say about this.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I've seen it. Nice rack.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    they will probably get around to being “appalled” that our First Lady is a naked slave on a foreign magazine.

    Why? About a third of the country will probably think this is an actual portrait taken during her "Whitey Tape" phase.

    • An_Outhouse

      It was a phase?

  • mavenmaven

    Will we get an Ann Romney Grande Odalisque?

  • Lucidamente1

    Just be thankful they didn't go with Malia.

    • ChernobylSoup

      Mitt wants the US to use the military more, that would do it.

  • RadioBowels

    This is good news for Joe Biden.

  • SorosBot

    I'm sure the righties will find a way to claim this was the Obamas fault.

    • ChernobylSoup

      "Uppityness"

      • SorosBot

        It wasn't a legitimate photoshopping.

        • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

          You mean they used cloning?

    • MacRaith

      If he'd never been elected President, nobody ever would have photoshopped her face onto a half-naked slave body. So there. He just forced them to do it, the same way he always forces the GOP to be racist.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    All the photoshopping in the world, however, cannot explain how Condi's complexion shone like a star so bright white the other night.
    It was like someone had taken one of those wig-powdering puffs to her like they used to do holding a cone to the wig-wearers face — except without using the cone.

    • Biff

      I think it was the contrast of the blood lipstick on her front teeth…

      • thatsitfortheother1

        No offense (yeah), but that chick could eat popcorn out of a coke bottle.

    • RadioBowels

      Michael Jackson's cosmetologists have a lot of free time on their hands now.

      • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

        no sooner had you spoken the Gloved One's name — and here I find Ms. Percheron-something delivers!

        • RadioBowels

          Thank Zeus they at least covered his junk.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Maybe the GNoP hired Michael Jackson's makeup artist.

      I'm old enough to remember when Michael was Blah.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    As punishment, Percheron-Daniels has been ordered to do a Barbara Bush portrait.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Thanks for the warning so I can pluck my own eyes out first.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Just look on any one dollar bill.

  • FakaktaSouth

    Bleh. I don't care what this lady fake picture maker says her intentions were, she sucks. I like shirtless Joe on a Camaro much much better.

    • sewollef

      I'm thinking of the image of Joe Pesci on a Camaro right now, and it's not a pretty sight I can tell you.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    This doesn't surprise me at all. European ladies are always parading around naked. Even on TV they are always naked. "My name is Helga and I'm selling dish soap. Better take off my clothes and wash the dishes."
    It's like they don't even care that they ain't got no clothes on.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Why do you think I married one and stayed here?

    • James Michael Curley

      Do you care?

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

        Of course I do! I care a lot!

        • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

          She could catch cold in that kitchen!

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

            Or worse!

    • AbandonHope_

      You know, people say that, but when I was in the Netherlands on business I watched a lot of television in my hotel room… for, um, cultural education purposes… and didn't see nudity in the commercials at all. Except for some late-night infomercials for phone sex lines, but I'd actually be more surprised if the ladies in those commercials were clothed.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    TITS OR GTF …
    Nevermind, there they are.

  • IncenseDebate

    This is just awful and outrageously hot!

  • C_R_Trogloraptor

    Tonight on "Bad Racist Political Cartooning" with Leonard Pinth-Garnell…

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Can you spot the metaphor for American boobs?

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    Leave it to HuffPo to let the sideboob phenom go to boom from bust.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    Ludicrous, racist insult. Oh, Europe is so advanced and racially enlightened. Why did America make it do all those bad things throughout history right up to yesterday?!

    • Limeylizzie

      We fought against that, you and I, naked on the floor of that bakery as the filthy Boche searched for us.

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

        And after the rumble of boots faded and the searchlights turned their cruel gaze elsewhere, we eased into the bath together, and I de-floured you.

        • Limeylizzie

          You were like yeast, rising in my hand.

          • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

            Again and again, you pounded my rising dough.

    • Steverino247

      Agreed. Could have used any number of other images to put her head on, but as a young slave? Ugh! Could have put her on the velvet painting above Scatman Crother's bed in The Shining.

  • UnholyMoses

    You can tell by the kerning that it's totally faked …

  • No_Wire_Hangers

    Oh yeah, and the one with Barry's peen….
    http://fineartamerica.com/featured/president-bara

    • viennawoods13

      Jesus. This woman has issues.

    • CindynEncinitas

      Why so small?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    Oh wait, I just looked at the picture. I think it's totally photoshopped.

    • HistoriCat

      You can tell by the kerning, right?

      • emmelemm

        The pixels. Seen a few 'shops in my time.

  • UnholyMoses

    I'm sure someone will find this very easy to masturbate to.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      Twice?

      • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

        Gimme a minute. I have to catch my breath.

    • http://oliphantparts.org/ natoslug

      AOTK

  • Schmannnity

    Next month: Ann Romney as Lady Godiva on Refalca.

    • eggsacklywright

      Now there's a hardoff.

      • Jus_Wonderin

        Just the thought transformed my manhood from my manhood to my vajayjay.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Not even with yours.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Or Catherine the Great UNDER Rafalca

      Someone had to go there, and who better?

      • ThundercatHo

        golf clap

  • UnholyMoses

    Now just imagine how loud the Rightwing Wurlitzer of Pseudooutrage and Whine would be had they done this to Laura Bush.

    Granted, they'd have to have Photoshopped her face onto a mannequin to ensure it was more lifelike than she really is, but still …

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Will our beloved FLOTUS be debating Egg Rmoney. And if so, will the event be sponsored by NPR or Larry Flynt?

  • vulpes82

    Une uppité négresse!

  • CapeClod

    "As an artist I only paint and create pictures of people I admire and feel passionate about."

    Photoshopping famous peoples faces onto some one else's art work doesn't make you an artist. It makes you a college sophomore.

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      Or a Breitard.

  • PsycWench

    Everyone knows that's not really her because the arms aren't buff enough.

    • YasserArraFeck

      Needs moar plough-pulling

  • Jus_Wonderin

    I think Obama needs to apologize for this.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    Never forget: America was Europe's idea.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      "You didn't discover that."

    • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

      this is really really funny.

    • sewollef

      On behalf of my peeps, I'm sorry.

      But in fairness, we've given you 400 years to fix up the place and look what a fucking shambles it's turning in to?

      I think Americans should be made to clean their rooms or no bombing another country for the rest of the year!

  • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

    Snark Off. I'm so sick of this shit!

    Hey Frenchie!
    Protest all you want.
    It's not just the subject, it's the TONE that's racist!
    (Would you have done this to a white first lady?)

    • viennawoods13

      Well, she did nudes of Elizabeth II and Diana, so there's that… http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/karine-percher

      I think she's just nucking futs.

      • bobbert

        I think she's found herself a little commercial niche and is trying to justify it by pretending it's "art".

      • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

        No nudes of Hillary or Margaret Thatcher or Angela Merkel or …

        Sensational AND condescending.
        Nice gimmick!

  • MacRaith

    When the UN troops go marching into Lubbock, Michelle Obama will be leading the charge, topless.

    • YasserArraFeck

      Marianne Obama?

    • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

      It's Manifest Breastiny.

  • rickmaci

    Art? It's not even good Photoshop.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Probably wouldn't be a good idea to paint a portrait of a naked Mohammad.

    • sewollef

      FATWA!

  • Baconzgood

    Where's Jessie Helms with his going crazy about Andres Serrano's Piss Christ? If they would have done that with Barbra Bush (shudder) the FOX would have gone ape shit.

  • barto

    It would be "todavia somos esclavos", not "estamos". At any rate, gotta luv the FLOTUS, nudenik or not!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Maybe they'll do one with the face of [insert name of notorious right wing female of your choice here] shopped onto the topless gal in Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People." That'd be a good one.

    • C_R_Trogloraptor

      Barbara Bush?

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Chris Christie?

      I mean, he's got the boobs for it…

    • Tundra Grifter

      Go down the page to the painting of Adelita. What a great t-shirt. Always a hit when I wear it in Old Mexico.
      http://davidandmarta.blogspot.com/2009/01/sf-burr

  • ThundercatHo

    I guess that nice lady from the other day was right.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      In the sense this doesn't look like my First Lady, hmmmmm…maybe so.

  • joobajooba

    So that's what a First Lady "who acts like a First Lady and looks like a First Lady” looks like.

  • BlueStateLibel

    So when does Hopey declare war on France and Spain? Why not, back in the day this would have been an international incident. Besides, he'd have the angry white guy vote in the bucket if he declared war on the Frenchies.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    Okay, Wonkette, remember our W photoshop contest? Please give us a goal. My Shop chops need sharpenin'.

  • iamrrm

    Our lovely FLOTUS is lovely. Regardless.

  • iamrrm

    If I could but place a gentle kiss upon her cheek it would be worth having my head stomped by the MIB.

  • Swampgas_Man

    DAMN you people and the Froggies for getting my hopes up.

  • duh_du

    That pic really got my dander up!

  • Steverino247

    That was pretty bad, but it could have been a LOT worse. It's tone deaf, but not quite as bad as those completely fucked up toys the Japanese come up with. I mean, it's not like FLOTUS is having purple tentacle sex or something. National Geographic used to do worse every issue.

    • Negropolis

      Not sure "it coulda' been worse" is the relevant kind of reply to tone deafness, more like a distraction, to me.

  • ttommyunger

    Bathe her and bring her to my tent!

  • DahBoner

    "Dr Laura's Beaver"

    DON'T GOOGLE IT

    • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

      thanks for the tip.

  • lulzmonger

    Proof that Obama is morally weak?
    You're fapping to it.

  • Tundra Grifter

    I may not know art (or Art, for that matter) but I do know what I like:
    http://fineartamerica.com/featured/catherine-duch

  • Toomush_Infer

    Okay, okay, but hubba hubba…

  • TribecaMike

    I haven't drooled this much over a First Lady since Bess Truman exhibited her bloomers at a Washington Senators game.

  • Negropolis

    Of course she “seduced the people of the United States”, because that's all that black women are good for and at, right? If the picture wasn't enough, she goes and puts in words the tired, old stereotype she was trying to get across.

    Good intentions don't count for nothing, but they aren't everything. Not even close.

  • http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/ Panty_Buns

    At first I thought “How DARE the Huffington Post publish a CENSORED (pixelated-out) First Lady breast (see uncensored photoshopped photo titled “First Lady”) !!! Don’t they realize how intolerable this kind of sex discrimination is? SHOW US THOSE NIPPLES! Do they censor men’s nipples too? Then I come to find out (or find out to come) that the painting FLOTUS face was photoshopped onto was not one of a “slave” at all contrary to all the faux controversy. The premise for the Huffington Post’s intended-to-be-titilating question was entirely false. As a reader pointed out, those breasts were copied from the commissioned self-portrait of Marie-Guillemine Benoist who was never a slave. HuffPo and Fuera de Serie totally WHIFF. So the “artist” (photoshopper) has denied they intended for the Huffington Post to use it the way they did, trying to generate controversy where there was none to be had? What a shock. The photo is not offensive but HuffPo’s question and headline are. There’s plenty of real celebrity T + A in the news and will be at the MTV VMAs. See y’all there!

  • http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/ Panty_Buns

    At first I thought "How DARE the Huffington Post publish a CENSORED (pixelated-out) First Lady breast (see uncensored photoshopped photo titled "First Lady") !!! Don't they realize how intolerable this kind of sex discrimination is? Show those nipples! Do they censor men's nipples too? THEN I come to find out (or find out to come) that the painting FLOTUS face was photoshopped onto was not one of a "slave" at all contrary to all the faux controversy. The premise for the Huffington Post's intended-to-be-titilating question was entirely false. As a reader pointed out, those breasts were copied from the commissioned self-portrait of Marie-Guillemine Benoist who was never a slave. HuffPo and Fuera de Serie totally WHIFF. So the "artist" (photoshopper) has denied they intended for the Huffington Post to use it the way they did (intending to generate controversy where there was none to be had)? What a shock. The photo is not offensive but HuffPo's question and headline are. I think I'll look elsewhere for coverage of all the wank-worthy T + A that's likely to present itself at the MTV VMAs Thursday.