OMG! Obama Press Secretary Likes Kitschy Art!

Leave it to Jeff Allen, the editor of Matt Barber’s right wing echo chamber BarbWire, to freak out about a couple pieces of kitschy art and draw completely unconnected conclusions from it. After finding out that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his wife have a couple of Soviet-era posters, he clutches his pearls.

The Spring issue of the Washingtonian Mom magazine contains a profile of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s wife, ABC News’ Good Morning America correspondent Claire Shipman. The article features an interesting picture taken from inside their home. In the background, the photo oddly reveals that the couple has decorated their residence with two framed Soviet-era propaganda posters.

Might these be collectivist subliminal messages? Or maybe it confirms President Barack Obama’s socialist/communist leanings as demonstrated in the selection of the members of his administration?…

Carney and Shipman met in Moscow during the 1990s while he was writing for Time, and she worked for CNN. It was a match made in Marxist “heaven.”

IJReview poses this thought-provoking question: “What are the chances that Putin’s friends have pro-American posters at their homes?” Doubtful to say the least.

That’s not a “thought-provoking question,” it’s a fucking moronic question. Which is why a dullard like Allen thinks it’s so powerful. It fits his confirmation bias perfectly.

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  • Synfandel

    Socialist Realism is problematic for Jeff Allen because of the socialism and because of the reality.

  • colnago80

    JReview poses this thought-provoking question: “What are the chances that Putin’s friends have pro-American posters at their homes?” Doubtful to say the least.

    Considering the fact that the fuckken born-agains are all ga ga over ole Vladimir, it would appear that fucktards like Allen are his friends.

  • Trebuchet

    JAQing off. A popular pastime among the right wing.

  • matty1

    If we count things like posters for Holywood films and American rock groups, which the Soviets would probably have classed as US propaganda, then I think the odd are pretty good that at least one friend of Putin has this sort of thing on their wall.

  • loren

    What’s even sadder is that the same article includes another photo that’s a prime example of bad Photoshopping; in an apparent effort to beef up a bookcase, somebody just copy-and-pasted one section of the bookcase onto both sides.

    And if the identical, mirror-image books weren’t proof enough, they left the son’s duplicate little finger hovering in mid-air.

    https://twitter.com/RBPundit/status/454733570599571457

  • http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/ montanto

    He’s probably just jealous since most of the blatant propaganda posters we were created tended to lean towards very dull neoclassicism.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “And why do we say a foreign word whenever someone sneezes?” ~ Les Nessman

  • cptdoom

    So in the early 1990s, when the communist system was collapsing, a couple of Americans bought some surplus posters. I thought this was called “thrift store shopping.” For the record, my staunchly conservative/libertarian roommate in the early 90s had two framed Soviet-era posters on our kitchen wall – a very trendy exposed brick wall in our very trendy DC apartment, I might add. I don’t think it had anything to do with his political leanings or economic philosophy, as he used to argue against any subsidies for public transportation.

  • scienceavenger

    I suppose Allen thinks it’d be better if they had some of that paint-by-numbers stuff W does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    In other news, a man in Vladivostok has discovered a round cracker with the likeness of Vlad on it.

    He calls it “Putin on the Ritz.”

  • Craig Pennington

    I wouldn’t be surprised if one of Putin’s “friends” had the original theatrical poster from the 1984 propaganda film Red Dawn up on the wall

    In our time

    no foreign army

    has ever occupied

    American Soil

    Until now.

    красный

    рассвет

    RED

    DAWN

    Because it is fucking hilarious.

  • davroslives

    One of my good friends has several pieces of Soviet propaganda art on her wall. She’s towards the right economically, and is certainly far, FAR away from being a communist. But she speaks Russian and worked in Russia for some time, and she likes the art style.

  • Moggie

    Might these be collectivist subliminal messages?

    Subliminal? You’ve got to be a real fucking moron if soviet propaganda art is subliminal for you.

  • macallan

    Subliminal? You’ve got to be a real fucking moron if soviet propaganda art is subliminal for you.

    Or he just doesn’t know what the word actually means. Your guess is as good as mine.

  • dingojack

    I hear Vlad ‘The Bear’ Putin JAQs off over a signed photo of ‘Jeffy’ Skilling and ‘Kenny-boy’ Lay.

    Dingo

  • lorn

    I would think that given that at the time those posters were issued we were allied with Russia against Germany and Japan, and that the GOP has always considered WW2 as the “Good War” and a time when citizens united to defeat a common foe they would be far less upset than they seem to be. I say seem to be because I suspect that they, true to form, are practicing their fake outrage as eyewash.

    I would also think that the sentiments of those posters would resonate. Am I to assume they aren’t for men joining the military and women taking up jobs during a national emergency? I realize many of them would prefer women to be barefoot and pregnant and the issue of failing to join might be embarrassing for people who speak so often and passionately in favor of military service even as they, and their children, avoid such service but those posters only reference the virtues of national service in the abstract. They aren’t accusatory and further bury their messages by being written in Cyrillic.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “I hear Vlad ‘The Bear’ Putin JAQs off over a signed photo of ‘Jeffy’ Skilling and ‘Kenny-boy’ Lay.”

    I think that Kenny, if he wasn’t busy decomposing into his constituent chemistry, would have a serious mancrush on the Vladster. I mean if you’re Kenny or one of his acolytes you have to cream your jeans when you think about how instead of M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) Vlad’s idea of “Supersizing” his holdings is “C&L” (Confiscation & Liquidation*).

    “They aren’t accusatory and further bury their messages by being written in Cyrillic.”

    OT (blame the “Oh, look, something shiny!” aspect of my ADD):

    I asked a dermagraphics technician of my acquaintance if he was aware that the Chinese ideograms tattooed on his neck said:

    “Fucking Gwei Lo will believe ANYTHING!”

    * Lest you be confused, the liquidation involves corporate principals, not their assets.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Those two posters cited are ugly, but they’re not “kitsch.” Let’s get our terminology straight, shall we?

    Example of kitsch: a painting of a giant Jesus Christ knocking on the UN building like it’s a door he needs us to open. (True story.)