Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Racial Controversy: Spanish magazine puts Michelle Obama's head on a portrait of topless slave!

A Spanish magazine landed themselves in the middle of a racial controversy over a Photoshopped picture of First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover of their latest issue. 

The picture places Mrs Obama's face in a 1800 portrait of a slave with an exposed breast, and Magazine de Fuera de Serie likely knew the image was going to stir up controversy.

The portrait in question was initially released 1800, when French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist exhibited the painting, titled Portrait D'Une N├ęgresse, at the Louvre's annual salon.

It was viewed as a inspiring image because the country had abolished slavery six years prior, and the portrait was thought of as an uplifting symbol of both women's and black people's rights.

In keeping with the true meaning, the accompanying article translates to 'Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America'. Both Mrs Obama's great-great grandfather and great-great-great grandmother were slaves.
From the preview of the article appears to be glowing- touting the axiom that 'behind every great man is a great woman'- but the full piece has yet to be released online.

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