|June 15th, 2008|
"The Evil Experiment Of Reverend Wrightenstein"by Taco Werewolf
18"x24" acrylic painting on Masonite
This painting is meant to document the Reverend Wright/Trinity UnitedChurch part of Obama's presidential campaign story while alsoaddressing aspects of racism and xenophobia which were raised afterexplosive, cherry-picked snippets of some of Reverend Wright's sermonswere broadcast on YouTube and made national headlines. It involvesimagery from the movie, King Kong and also references the horrific "monkey-head transplants" made by Dr. Robert "Frankenstein" White in the 70's.
It has long been opined that King Kongis a movie franchise full of racist metaphors, that it portrays blacksas uncivilized subhumans, especially in the 1933 original where theblack natives of Skull Island are almost cartoonishlymonkey-like in their portrayal. The 2005 remake by Peter Jacksonportrays them much better in a terrifying scene of primal, ecstaticDionysian fear where the white woman is offered up for sacrifice. Inboth versions, though, there is the huge black ape, King Kong,who is allegedly either expressive of white people's fears of theproverbial "scary black man" or as a sexual metaphor intended to scarewhite land owners into thinking their big, muscular black farm handsare after their pristine white daughters.
Despite Obama's noble efforts to elevate hiscandidacy above race, it inevitably has raised it's ugly, hairy headduring the campaign in the sickening form of comparing blacks to alesser evolved, subhuman species. Many people have said that BarackObama looks like a monkey because he is black and has big ears. In June2008 a white couple in Utah was criticized for making and sellingBarack Obama dolls made in the likeness of the popular fictionalmonkey, Curious George. Controversy also ensued in April 2008 whenLinda Ramirez-Sliwinski, a Latino woman in Carpentersville, Illinois--who was also actually a Barack Obama delegate-- was forced to resignfrom her position after shouting out to a group of black neighborchildren next door who were playing in a tree, "Hey! Get down from thattree and quit acting like a bunch of monkeys!"
Since Ramirez-Slawinski was a Latino it got methinking of the regretful fact that Blacks and Latinos are often saidto not get along. And I recalled the hideous "monkey-head transplants"of Dr. Robert White in the 70's. I remembered ghastly images from thefootage I'd seen of one of those poor monkeys getting his head cut offby Dr. White and placed upon another decapitated monkey's body, only todie soon after as bodily rejection set in. I then began to havehorrible dreams that haunted me for days in which I saw Reverend Wrightin his church with vials of "Hot Sauce of Hope", injecting it intogorillas and Latinos in hopes of doing head transplants between the twoin an effort to turn this hate into love, conflating the ideas of King Kong,monkey head transplants and the incident with Linda Ramirez-Sliwinskiin my mind until I awoke one night in a pool of sweat and screamed"Enough already! All of this hate and racism must stop!" As Baracksays, it is time to turn the page on the old racist and xenophobicideas of divisiveness; and as a symbol of this hope and unity, at thebottom of this painting, you see Barack and his lovely wife, MichelleObama, getting married and smiling as they both rise above it all. Itis time to move beyond all this monkey business and get beyond race!
Hot Sauce As A Unifier In The Race Experimentation In The Lab Of Reverend Wrightenstein
Reverend Wrightenstein's Monster And Its Parallel To The 2008 Election Campaign
Michelle Obama As "White-Out" For Smears Concerning Her Husband
Reverend Wrightenstein's Experiments Warn Against Extremism Regarding Multi-Cultural Unity
The Macabre Post-Election Transformation Of Reverend Jeremiah "Wrightenstein"
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