A Bunch Of Crock: Politicians, Pundits & Minorities

15 Sep

“A Bunch of Crock is an art exhibit about the absurdities of political campaigns and the unfortunate role of minorities. Filtering through various political messages in any election year, the common thread seems to be this: 1) politicians and pundits think the general population is too stupid to tell fact from fiction and 2) promoting fear of minorities is good politics.
Using satire and good old-fashioned profanity, this exhibit attempts to bypass the bullshit and tell the audience what the politicians and pundits actually mean, and how they portray minorities to promote fear and manufacture outrage.”

This extremely smart exhibit was started by Safwat Saleem as a result of frustration with politicians and the current political landscape in the US. However, it’s something that people from all over the world can definitely relate to. It’s straight to the point and done with a lot of wit and humor. Take for example this series of 12 posters: sarcastic and quite scathing, Saleem does not mince his words. And it’s well designed! Make sure to check the whole series here.

Television

Nearly one-in-five (18%) Americans say President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Source: Pew Research Center / What were those 18% doing when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy was on TV 24/7?

Colored People

‘’I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful.’’ – Laura Schlessinger, 63, radio host, announcing her decision to quit her show following complaints over her use of the word “nigger” 11 times during an on-air phone call
Source: Time magazine / And here’s a tweet by Sarah Palin in support of Laura Schlessinger and her vocabulary: “Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”).

Earth

‘’It’s a flat-out lie. I read my Bible. He made this earth for us to utilize.’’ – Norman Dennison, electrician and founder of the Corydon (Indiana) Tea Party, speaking about climate change – ‘’Being a strong Christian, I cannot help but believe the Lord placed a lot of minerals in our country and it’s not there to destroy us.’’ – Lisa Deaton, small business owner and founder of WeThePeopleIndiana.org
Source: New York Times

Tea Party

‘’Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas… it is a part of earth’s life cycle. And yet we are being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living.’’ – Rep. Michele Bachmann on the House floor on Earth Day, 2009
Source: CSPAN / Picking a batshit crazy quote by other Tea Party favorites like Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell or Sharon Angle seemed too easy, so I went with Michele Bachmann. There are many other delusional gems ranging from Tea Partyers believing in “death panels” to people who are convinced that the Obama administration raised taxes for the middle class

Muslims on a Plane

‘’When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb… I get worried. I get nervous.” – Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst
Source: O’Reilly Factor on Fox News / Juan Williams was fired by NPR following these comments. A day later, he was offered a multiyear, $2 million contract by Fox News. Well played, Juan!

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