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The artist who painted gruesome depictions of black people decapitating white people revealed his presidential portrait of Barack and Michelle Obama on Monday to adorn the walls of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
While the odd paintings where met with mixed reviews, to say the least, the artist, Kehinde Wiley, may have added something else into his portrait of the 44th president.
Making the rounds on social media Tuesday morning were strong suspicions that the official portrait of the former president has sperm on his face.
The rumors wouldn’t be completely unfounded. Wiley is known for putting depictions of sperm cells into his work. In his interpretation of David’s Napoleon there are swimming sperm all over the background, “as a reference to African male virility, or potentially, promiscuity,” writes Quartz’s Ann Quito.
Another of his paintings, 2006’s “St. Lucy” appears to have a background made of the squiggly little critters as well.
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Apparently the background to Obama's presidential portrait may very well have been done in photoshop 0.o pic.twitter.com/iR8B07QwbZ
— Kyle (@HNIJohnMiller) February 13, 2018
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 12, 2018
Obama's painting not only looks different, but Obama is the only one who asked an artist, famous for painting pictures of black people beheading white people, to paint his portrait – he also paints pictures of Black Panthers chopping the heads off of white women.
— NW Nanni (@nwnanni) February 13, 2018
LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/c4OXHhFOw6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 12, 2018
Seriously just imagine a white artist who painted white people beheading black people. Imagine if that artist was prominent enough to draw a Presidential Portrait. Imagine the Media collectively ignoring this. Why are we allowing these things to happen?
— Marc Foster (@MotherFuckingMF) February 13, 2018
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