Remember that famous "Hope" poster of President Barack Obama that made its debut around his 2008 presidential campaign?
Well, the artist who created it is now hopeless — at least with Obama, that is!
Shepard Fairey spoke to Esquire and ranted about Obama's work in the White House.
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When asked whether the Prez has lived up to the poster, Fairey told the mag "not even close," and added:
"Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]. I've met Obama a few times, and I think Obama's a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control. I'm not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step."
But wait — there's more!
Fairey doesn't just rant about Obama; he takes down the voting public, too:
"We also need a public that isn't so uneducated and complacent. I hate to say Americans are ignorant and lazy, but a lot of them are ignorant and lazy… When you live in a place that has a lot of good things that make life easier, it's easier to take them for granted."
Sounds like the 45-year-old is railing against #FirstWorldProblems, too!
Complaints aside, Fairey has little room to criticize the public for being ignorant and uneducated; he was fined $250,000 in 2012 after he destroyed documents that hid the fact that he used an Associated Press photograph illegally for his iconic "Hope" poster.
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]
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