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Shepard Fairey: Obama's Warren Invite a 'Slap'; Makes Time Cover Commission 'Bittersweet'


Defendequality_shepardfaire_5Time's Person of the Year issue goes on sale tomorrow morning featuring President Elect Obama. Cover illustrator Shepard Fairey has just posted a statement on his site calling the moment "bittersweet because I’m very disappointed by Obama’s appointment of Rick Warren."

He continues, "Rick Warren is against gay marriage and reproductive rights, and he does not believe in evolution (maybe he offers himself as proof of lack of evolution). I understand that Obama is trying to appeal to conservatives and evangelicals, but this move is symbolically a slap in the face to many people. Warren is not a uniter, but a divider… he is intolerant in many of his views. I still think Obama is the best choice for president, but I can’t condone Warren’s involvement in Obama’s inauguration, no matter how insignificant it is."

Fairey also says he'll be donating a "chunk"of the proceeds from the Obama inauguration poster he was asked to create to the movement to overturn California's Prop 8.

Full statement at  ObeyGiant

Fairey's Defend Equality poster donation.

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  1. I agree.

    Posted by: Brayden | Dec 18, 2008 10:42:57 PM

  2. Just thought it was interesting that the same arguement that 50 mostly Islamic countries made in opposing the UN initiative to decriminalize homosexuality was the same arguement that Warren made to oppose same sex marriage (pedophilia and incest).
    "More than 50 countries opposed to the declaration, including members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, issued a joint statement Thursday criticizing the initiative as an unwarranted attempt to give special prominence to gays and lesbians. The statement suggested that protecting sexual orientation could lead to "the social normalization and possibly the legalization of deplorable acts" such as pedophilia and incest"

    Posted by: Ed | Dec 18, 2008 11:23:14 PM

  3. This was a ham-fisted, clumsy move on Obama's part, but I wouldn't quite call it stupid. He thinks he's "reaching out" but it will be a hollow, meaningless gesture by MOST followers of Warren and his ilk, who hate Obama. There probably is some slim fraction of the evangelical vote, especially younger ones, who will feel "rewarded" by this for having voted for Obama. They should feel very special, shouldn't they?

    But let's not make a mountain out of a molehill. It's still symbolic, not policy. Policy is what is going to make history, not who speaks at the inaugural. Does anybody even remember which religious figures spoke at Chimpy's inaugurals? Do Republicans even remember that sort of minutiae? If The Democratic Congress and Obama repeal DADT - though I would say don't hold your breath for the first year because there are other legislative priorities - that would turn a sociological tide so great that 20 fat, ugly, hypocritical televangelist schmucks couldn't hold it back.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Dec 18, 2008 11:32:43 PM

  4. Yes! Thank you and thanks for the support for equality!

    Posted by: KFLO | Dec 18, 2008 11:56:18 PM

  5. The economy is in the toilet and people are in a tizzy because some preacher said something that hurt their feelings?

    Priorities, people, priorities.

    Posted by: LightningLord | Dec 19, 2008 12:17:13 AM

  6. You know...(mostly white) gays are always complaining about black homophobia (as if white homophobia didn't exist)and blacks in the closet (as if the thousands of openly blacks weren't enough for them)

    And then when pro-gay black heterosexuals or openly gay black people attempt to "showcase" themselves, (most white) gay people find something to distract themselves with, ignoring whats in front of in point: Joseph Lowery.

    Racial relations in the gay community, a one act play

    LGBT People of color: We're here, we're queer, and we're ignored.

    White LGBT people: Non whites need to come out.

    Openly LGBT blacks: We're ignored.

    White LGBT people: Where are they? They need to come out.

    Openly LGBT blacks: We're ignored.

    White LGBT people: Gosh! See what black homophobia is doing. They're still in the closet.

    Openly LGBT blacks: Forget it.

    The End

    Posted by: Thirteen | Dec 19, 2008 12:24:03 AM

  7. great catch, Ed. Yes, Warren is in bed with the anti-gay forces throughout the world, including the Islamic forces, even as he calls for the assassination of the leader of one of these countries, Iran.

    And you know what, St. Teresa, you are right. It's not policy, it's much worse than that. Bush came out in Feb 2004 and called for a federal amendment against gay marriage that had no chance and was purely symbolic, and yet it gave cover to every far-right abuser to push anti-gay-rights votes in state and local elections. Rick Warren was one of those anti-gay leaders who was able to gain power during this time.

    That is one of the reasons why this sucks so much. Another is that I'm done with politicians just not "getting it" about the realities of gay people's lives. Enough.

    Posted by: Sean the Pooftah | Dec 19, 2008 12:27:23 AM

  8. i will look at the Shepard Fairey print hanging on my wall with even more admiration from now on.

    good lookin' out Shepard.

    Posted by: buzz | Dec 19, 2008 12:31:45 AM

  9. Am I the only one who thinks this Fairey dude should give all of his ill gotten gains to the estates of the artists he ripped off to create his "look/style"?

    What a little Poseur.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 19, 2008 12:58:29 AM

  10. To thirteen: so gays shouldn't be complaining about having someone with Warren's views at the inauguration? Why the fuck not? Is criticism of Obama not allowed for some reason...? The glbt community would be and should be complaining if it was anyone else, mixed black or white. Ok, so it's not policy. Ok, so it's a symbolic gesture.

    Here's the bottom line; Warren's a homophobe, and we have the right to be critical and agree or disagree with the choice without being told to shut up or being immediately accused of racism.

    Posted by: DONOVAN | Dec 19, 2008 1:01:55 AM

  11. Where's Andy?

    Posted by: hey! | Dec 19, 2008 1:17:50 AM

  12. Donavan

    I'm merely pointing out that we also have a strong pro-gay black male giving the benediction? Can't there be a little celebration in that? Jeez. No ones telling you to shut up or accusing you of racism. This is just an example of how the Gay white establishment just doesn't get it.

    Posted by: Thirteen | Dec 19, 2008 1:33:11 AM

  13. Donavan

    I'm merely pointing out that we also have a strong pro-gay black male giving the benediction? Can't there be a little celebration in that? Jeez. No ones telling you to shut up or accusing you of racism. This is just an example of how the Gay white establishment just doesn't get it.

    Posted by: Thirteen | Dec 19, 2008 1:33:19 AM

  14. This cretin's comparison of Gay Marriage to Bestiality, Incest (and I really don't get this one) Polygamy -- which *is* the 5000 yr old blueprint in *the book* ... is More than a SLAP -- it shows just how ignorant this man truly is ... and how frightening that even President Elect Obama feels he has to suck up to such a puke!


    Now we have FALWELL the SEQUEL.

    Posted by: Chapeau | Dec 19, 2008 1:43:08 AM

  15. I warned you about Obama many moons ago. As a result, I was pilloried, castigated, cajoled and cast aside. I said then that he was a typical Democratic Party liberal male with a bisexual double standard. These sorts are all for gay rights but only so long as it's "two hot chicks". The only reason these sorts say they are for gay rights is so they can gain sexual access to silly malleable lesbians and attention-seeking bisexual women.

    Posted by: jason | Dec 19, 2008 1:44:32 AM

  16. Derek, exactly whose style has Shepard Fairey "ripped off"? Are you familiar with any of his previous work or have any knowledge of his history, influence on young artists, or the inspiration he's had on art, design or popular culture in general? Doesn't quite sound like it. He's been going strong for 20 years now, his work has grown by creative leaps and bounds (especially over the past 5 years), and he's basically created the single most iconic, recognizable image in the public eye of our next POTUS. Not only that, but he's also a straight guy in a primarily straight culture (i.e.: street art, guerrilla art, DIY) who is admired by, looked up to and respected by many younger people today, and here he is speaking out for our rights and fighting our fight alongside us. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes about his authenticity and integrity.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 19, 2008 3:37:00 AM

  17. I've never understood why people act so surprised when a, or any, politician begins acting like a politician after their election. Obama is going to focus on his own best interests, which aren't necessarily the best interests of those that have supported him.

    Posted by: Donald | Dec 19, 2008 6:35:26 AM

  18. Thirteen: Let's not celebrate any religious presence at the Inaugural proceedings... period.

    Posted by: Pbar | Dec 19, 2008 8:03:29 AM

  19. Go eat out Jasmyne Cannick's asshole, "Thirteen."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 19, 2008 8:30:10 AM

  20. Bravo, Mr. Fairey. Thank you for speaking up.

    Posted by: ChrisDC | Dec 19, 2008 9:36:58 AM

  21. Bravo, Mr. Fairey. Thank you for speaking up.

    Posted by: ChrisDC | Dec 19, 2008 9:37:08 AM

  22. Let's get one thing St-hate Rick Warren most likely gave several million dollars to have this oppurtunity and this so called choice was not just a decision by Obama but a host of staffers...

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 19, 2008 9:41:34 AM

  23. Warren at the Inaugration by Obama's invitation is deplorable. I'm not all that convinced Obama's even vaguely concerned with the civil rights of gay (read MALE gay) Americans.

    I wanted Hillary for the job ... but no. Now with the passing of Prop 8 in California we see 70% of the vote to disallow same sex marriage from blacks who've bought into the White Man's Religion.

    Between Obama having to affirm and reaffirm his Christianity and this Warren crap I'm convinced we're still on that proverbial back burner.

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 19, 2008 9:42:03 AM

  24. Come on, people. We have to get our gay at together. We elected Obama because we voted for change, and we also voted for his deeply principled attitude toward leadership and bringing people together.

    This is America. This is the country where people are free to have differing beliefs and still live with one another in the same country. Not everyone is going to agree with us, and not everyone in a leadership position is going to agree.

    Who cares what Rick Warren believes? We need to respect him as an American, and we need to respect Obama's decision to have him speak. Rather than seeing it as a symbolic slap to our community, we need to understand it as a symbolic step towards unity. If we keep divisiveness going by insisting that the only visible and prominant people in our country are the people who believe the same as we do and support us unconditionally and will always do the right thing as we define it, we're really dissing the very principles on which this country was founded.

    Get over yourselves, stop being so self-centered, and open your hearts a bit rather than insisting that everyone have an open heart for you first. Obama's president-elect! This is a major step forward in unparalleled tumultuous times. Work with him instead of holding everything he does under a narcissistic microscope. This Rick Warren thing is nowhere near as terrible as everyone is making it. If we want equality, we have to treat people as equal too, remember.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Dec 19, 2008 10:25:06 AM

  25. We need to respect those who respect us. And Barack Obama has not one shred of respect for us.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 19, 2008 10:40:44 AM

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