The newest faux "outrage" in the right wing community is the Obama campaign visual which is an abstract American flag that puts the Obama campaign logo in place of the stars on the American flag. The stripes are rendered in abstract brush strokes. Allged "news" anchor Megyn Kelly provided an echo chamber for this outrage. As reported by News Hounds Brian, she said that "folks" say that the stripes of the flag are reminiscent of the bloody handprints on the Libyan consulate walls. The folks she is referring to are in the right wing blogosphere which is simply ablaze with righteous fury about what they feel is a desecration of the flag. But these same "folks" had no problem when teabagging "patriots" did their own alterations one of which included Sarah Palin's visage superimposed over the stripes. They also had no problem with the flag being flown upside down at a Tea Party rally. Ironic, don't ya think?!
No reaction from Fox about these flags:
Little Green Footballs has a collection of altered flags from past campaigns which include this:
Oh, wait- Fox News has no intention of ever talking about how Romney outsourced the labour that made his campaign merchandise. Something about that it makes him look even more anti-American.
Here’s a shirt from the official Romney campaign store – it’s the American flag redesigned into an eagle with Romney’s name being used as a representation of one of the white stripes.
They don’t like Obama’s “O” being used in place of the stars, huh? That’s nothing – scroll approx. 3/4 down the page to where you see the whole American flag turned into a great big “W” for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign (the “W Stay the Course” poster)
Not only do we get to see the Tea Party flag again in this link but we see Nugent wearing an American flag shirt and Palin and Bush signing autographs on American flags – all of which are a “considered desecration”.
As a graphic artist, I personally have no problem with the graphic re-engineering of the flag for use in a design – combining a candidate’s brand with iconic American imagery has been done forever by campaigns on both sides of the political aisle. What I do have a problem with is the right-wing hypocrisy on the matter. Their outage, condemnation and inane accustions that the new Obama poster is treasonous are ridiculous.
Yes, I’m aware that the “red state/blue state” thing was started by the dreaded “liberal media” a couple of decades ago. But, somewhat oddly, there was no standardization of the color scheme until 2000. Prior to that, some networks and newspapers/magazines would use blue for the “incumbent” party and “red” for the “opposition” party—which fit in 2000, since a win by Gore would retain the “incumbent” status while a win by Bush would give the White House to the “opposition”; in earlier decades, the GOP would be blue and the Dems were red because of the historic connection to European leftists’ routine usage of red in their standards and banners—red had a long history to “revolution” before the Communist appropriation. Of course, it would be interesting if the flag’s colors had been something other than “red, white and blue.” What if the Founders had chosen the so-called Continental Flag which featured a green pine tree on a white canton with a red fly? Or the Gadsden flag—that one that so many teabaggers adopted, featuring a black coiled rattlesnake on a yellow background?
Rather ironically, the “redstaters” have relished their color.