Ceasar Romero. Jack Nicholson. Mark Hamill. Heath Ledger. And now, Barack Hussein Obama. What do these five men have in common? They have all played the Joker, the sadistic clown that is Batman’s arch-nemesis and one of the more sinister antagonists in contemporary literature. Now, it would be fair to say that all of the aforementioned people weren’t fully aware of the character they were portraying, but they have left an indelible on the general public in how the Joker will forever be viewed. Barack Obama was the first Black person to portray the Joker, and he has done so with gusto and disquieting brilliance. Merely digitally donning the High Prince of Evils makeup, Barack Obama has helped eradicate the iconic images of Heath Ledger’s imaginative depiction of the Joker in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight . Now, when people think of the DC comic book villain and Batman’s age-old foe, they think of Barack Obama and the Joker posters that litter cyber-space, major cities and college campuses. Already we have discussed how comic books dealt with the Barack Obama’s inauguration, which many people believe to be the greatest event in human history. Black people find it unsettling that every comic book cover, instead of just Spider-Man #513 and a few others, have not made the first Black president a regular character in EVERY comic book. Obama, who received 96 percent of the Black vote nationally in the 2008 election, currently enjoys a 97 percent approval rating from Black people:
The President earns approval from 41% of white voters, 97% of black voters, and 58% of all other voters.
With the majority of the nation that isn’t categorized as a Black person believing that President Obama has already failed, one begins to understand the reality that criticism of Mein Obama is strictly not allowed in the vicinity of Black people. Black people consider Obama – like comic book illustrator Alex Ross’ infamous drawing – a real-life Superman, incapable of doing anything bad. He is a God among mortals and for anyone to dare paint him in “white-face”, even if it is in the familiar makeup of the Joker, is a great sin. Mocking the president is not allowed, especially if he is Black and more so if he is Barack Obama. Criticism of Obama is not allowed and Black people have been highly offended that anyone could question his decision making abilities and worse, compare him to the diabolical Joker. In fact, merely disagreeing with Mein Obama is grounds for being sent to Room 101; imagine what the punishment will be for the person who came up with the idea of the “Obama Joker” poster:
“So why the anonymity? Perhaps because the poster is ultimately a racially charged image. By using the “urban” makeup of the Heath Ledger Joker, instead of the urbane makeup of the Jack Nicholson character, the poster connects Obama to something many of his detractors fear but can’t openly discuss. He is black and he is identified with the inner city, a source of political instability in the 1960s and ’70s, and a lingering bogeyman in political consciousness despite falling crime rates.”
Despite falling crime rates? This above comment was written by a disingenuous white liberal who is obviously incapable of understanding crime in America and the preponderance of which it is committed by Black people.
One thing Black people don’t mind, especially if they live in Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago, is killing other Black people. A poll conducted by CNN came up with the surprising statistic that more people view Obama as a failure at this point in his presidency than they did George W. Bush (and this latest poll had an admitted over-sampling of Black people, which means his numbers are even worse, since 97 percent of Black people worship Obama like a deity). Black people will view any criticism of Obama as racist and will willingly deploy that smear tactic to disengage from any debate in which they can’t win:
“Let’s take the accusation of racism. I believe that the president’s race means that there is a need for cultural sensitivity in how people talk about and depict him. And there is no doubt that some other cartoons and pictures have been offensive or highly questionable.
However, there is also a need to avoid being overly sensitive at every single joke or piece of satire that comes Obama’s way, particularly those that are in contrast to one’s own beliefs about the president. Is it simply too easy to call something anti-Obama “racist” just because one doesn’t agree with it?”
Stuff Black People Don’t Like will always include Barack Obama depicted as the Joker poster, for it falls into the category of criticism of Mein Obama and also, disingenuous white liberals find it appealing to the most base, crass element of society: white people. Barack Obama – to Black people – is not the Joker, but Clark Kent, Superman and the Black Panther rolled into one; a charitable, loving and erudite – not to mention Super-human -representative of their people. With these Barack Obama-Joker images, Black people are worried that white people might finally realize the “that’s racist” smear is fully without merit. And the Damoclean Sword of racism that hangs over all white people’s head potentially being removed for good, makes the Obama – Joker poster yet another inclusion in Stuff Black People Don’t Like lore.