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The Supreme Irony of Shepard Fairey

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I don’t often comment on topics like this, but I just saw Shepard Fairey on the “Colbert Report,” and learned that he was the artist who created the iconic Obama Hope poster.

This is the very poster that young kids were getting in exchange for helping people to register to vote, and work for the Obama campaign.

Colbert asked him if he’d made a lot of money on the poster and he indicated that he hadn’t but that, “I benefit in other ways,” one of which was that Obama was elected president.

Here’s the irony: Obama outspent McCain by 3-to-1 or more, yet the artist who created the very symbol that’s synonymous with his campaign was paid little to nothing.

I do respect his choice. My question: Is this indicative of what’s to come? While I’m sure there will be many who will commend the artist for his contribution, I can assure you that others made fortunes as a result of this campaign. Will this level of sacrifice be held up as a shining example of what will be expected of others? I am of the belief that someone who contributes value should be compensated. I would have rather seen him create a foundation and let HIM decide how that money was spent if he didn’t want to accept personal compensation. This model seems in line with the “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” philosophy. 

Shepard Fairey also is the man who created the “Obey” giant, which Colbert asked him about. He replied that people often follow the past of least resistance and that they often do what they’re told to do, rather than think through their choices. He created this icon to encourage people to decide whether they should do what they’re told to do and “Obey” or if they should do what they decide is right for them.

He said, “This country was founded on dissent, and when people don’t dissent when they need to, things go wrong [like they did in the last 8 years].”

I agree wholeheartedly with his premise for this campaign.

Here’s the supreme irony of the Shepard Fairey story: A man who firmly believes in dissent helped to elect the man who may expand government’s influence more than any other president in the history of this country.

Fortunately, Shepard Fairey was able to decide for himself how he wanted to be compensated. Sadly, many of his countrymen may soon be unable to do the same.

Obey, indeed.

So breaking examine the site it down to each month, you get $5, which is what apple is aiming for