Chill out, Ukraine. It’s only a flesh wound.
In case you missed it, present relations between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin–and more broadly, between the United States and Russia–are flimsier than balsa wood. This unpleasant reality is made that much more painful when we look back into the annals of the internet, and remind ourselves of an idyllic era when the heads of both countries not only got along well, but even dressed alike.
George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin’s friendship is the stuff of legend, beginning when Bush “gazed into [Vlad's] eyes and saw his soul”. While we’re not sure when the movie will hit the Hallmark Channel, we do take comfort in knowing that current US-Russia relations are not set in stone. So Barack, why not order two mandarin collared suits and give peace a chance?
There is no subject too esoteric for the conventional meme. As Ukraine falls to hell in a handbaskst, delight in these memes. It’s not like you understand the cultural implications of the 1994 Orange Revolution, anyway.
In world politics, conventional wisdom has often coupled hyper masculinity with power. Thus, the more masculine you appear and act, the more powerful you are perceived. Turning this notion on its head, artist Saint Hoax has re-envisioned some of history’s most powerful figures in a dragged out light in the series “War Drags You Out”.
The artist began the series in June 2012, and while it appears to be a lighthearted take on the pomp and showmanship of global politics, Hoax has received numerous death threats. Said Hoax, “I began working on the “War Drags You Out” series last June. Initially, I was painting the drag queens on canvases. I began with the infamous Bin Laden. I completed the painting last November and I got in touch with a curator that asked me to anonymously display the painting in Zarnegar Park (Kabul, Afghanistan). As risky as it sounded, I agreed to his request. I then announced that the art show will take place on the Feb. 11 via YouTube.”
“I received over 70 [death] threats in my inbox deterring me from showcasing the [original] U.S.A.M.A [Osama Bin Laden] painting. Quite frankly, I got worried. Luckily, instead of shipping the original painting I sent the curator a faux painting and it got lost. The curator emailed me saying that it was destroyed in the Kabul International Airport.”