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EXCLUSIVE: Shepard Fairey 'Defend Equality' Art for Marriage Equality


Shepard Fairey, the graphic designer and illustrator who created the iconic images for Obama's campaign, has turned his focus to the current fight for equality in the gay and lesbian community, designing a poster intended specifically for use at this weekend's rallies in California and elsewhere. The image is inspired by the art of a young man named Aaron Harvey. Thanks to the donations of two print sources, posters will be donated for the rally this Saturday at City Hall, which is part of the larger nationwide action called Join the Impact. More info will be forthcoming later today.

Also, I'll have a huge Prop 8 update with lots of links and news later today. UPDATE: Here it is.

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  1. In addition, Absolutely Fabulous came up with this idea as a joke in the 1990's with "Fists Across America: We're Not Gonna Take It Lying Down Anymore!" Now, with Jennifer Saunders, it was funny. This image really is rather militant and not promoting the right mentality here. It's not funny, it's not kitschy, it's not cute. It's not light at all. It's heavy and it's angry. It's not hopeful, it's threatening. It's not gay. Therefore, it's not the image we should be using.

    Posted by: OrangeCrux | Nov 15, 2008 12:11:01 AM

  2. Oh jeez. People hate Fairey's Obama poster too because it looks like "propaganda.

    I don't have a problem with the fist. In fact, I think a little bit of intimidation is in order. I'm sick of gay people rolling over and being nice. I do like how it resembles a heart too. Like Fairey's coopting of the Soviet propaganda style in an ironic way for the Obama poster, I think this is an excellent balance of sweetness with strength, optimism and militarism.

    I want to know where to buy one of these as a litho.

    Posted by: Rey | Nov 15, 2008 12:56:25 AM

  3. SCREW Obama....he is a house negro. Don't trust him because we will be in camps soon. BELIEVE IT. You can pretent you fucking faggots...but remember this message. This is THE moment when you lost your dignity. FIGHT, KILL, BEAT...they will never understand!

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 19, 2008 2:25:02 AM

  4. LAME. A single male fist does not shout unity or equality. Or anything to do with sexual orientation. That fist is a 40+ year old icon and this recycles it without a shred of imagination.

    Posted by: gdent | Jan 25, 2009 4:29:35 PM

  5. Have you seen the original, GDENT?

    Posted by: Alex | Jan 28, 2009 4:03:35 PM

  6. Super Touch has a great article today:

    Posted by: Bobby Anderson | Feb 2, 2009 12:39:03 PM

  7. a response to mark vallens claims:

    Posted by: Mark Vallen | Feb 23, 2009 6:55:18 PM

  8. I'm with commenter Paul C ... not fond of the whole graphic. i just do not 'get' the fist thing.

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 4, 2009 10:27:12 AM

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