Whoa! Your boy Shepard Fairey gave an interview to Flavorpill in which he takes issue with the Obama White House for not showing some spine when it comes to dealing the Glenn Becks and Sean Hannitys of the world, among other things.
When the right wing has absolutely no qualms about telling straight up lies â€” Republican Congressmen will lie about aspects of Obamaâ€™s Healthcare Reform Plan and theyâ€™re not forced to step down.
Here’s Fairey on Obama’s caving to the right’s demands that people like Van Jones step down from their appointed posts:
I think itâ€™s very unfortunate that the Obama Administration wonâ€™t just stand up to this stuff and say, â€œThese are good people doing good things. We stand behind them. Your smear tactics are not ethical and theyâ€™re not going to work.â€ On the other hand getting bogged down in the minutiae of these supposedly radical people when there are bigger issues to resolve might just seem like a less important battle. Theyâ€™re trying to choose their battles. Iâ€™m disappointed because what I think it does is, when you have victims of the right wing smear machine and they see it work, theyâ€™re emboldened to do it more and more and more. So, I think somebodyâ€™s got to take a stand somewhere.
And here’s Fairey on how he may use his art to combat Glenn Beck’s raving lunacy:
Going tit-for-tat with Glenn Beck might not be the right way to go though. Itâ€™s gotten to the point where I do actually think I might do something to try to combat him. But really, if the right wing is going to lie about health care reform, if theyâ€™re going to lie about the environmental impact of the companies that theyâ€™re getting big corporate contributions from, [we need] people [to] make art that tells the truth, that inspires people to look at the other side of the story.
The only thing I disagree with Fairey on is his contention that Beck might best be combated with art. Look, Glenn Beck needs his ass whipped publicly. Period. And I’d love to be the guy who does it.