Spanish Magazine de Fuera de Serie Under Fire for Putting Michelle Obama’s Head on Portrait of Half-Naked Slave

I don’t recall ever seeing a photograph of former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan portrayed as slaves or in a manner that denigrates them. So, why is Spanish magazine, Magazine de Fuera de Serie , portraying Michelle Obama as a slave? That’s patently racist and they deserve any blowback this cover lobs their way. The Photoshopped picture places Michelle Obama’s  face in a 1800 portrait of a slave with an exposed breast. The black mammy image, which is offensive and racist.

michelle obama as a slave on Spanish magazine cover

Spanish Magazine de Fuera de Serie Under Fire for Putting Michelle Obama’s Head on Portrait of Half-Naked Slave

The portrait in question was initially released 1800, when French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist exhibited the painting, titled Portrait D’Une Négresse, at the Louvre’s annual salon.

It was viewed as a inspiring image because the country had abolished slavery six years prior, and the portrait was thought of as an inspiring symbol of both women’s and black people’s rights.

In keeping with the true meaning, the accompanying article translates to ‘Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America’. Both Mrs Obama’s great-great grandfather and great-great-great grandmother were slaves.

From the preview of the article appears to be glowing- touting the axiom that ‘behind every great man is a great woman’- but the full piece has yet to be released online. Source

Here’s the original painting:

French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist completed the "Portrait d'une négresse"

French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist completed the “Portrait d’une négresse” Photoshopped by Spanish Magazine Using Michelle Obama’s Face

Well, they didn’t have to portray Michelle Obama as a half-naked slave to sing her virtues.  Everyone knows she is a strong and successful woman, whose approval rating in the U.S. is 66 percent. It would seem that the Spanish have a problem with blacks, as evidenced from the racist taunts being hurled at black soccer players. This magazine cover lacks class and decency. The editors of Magazine de Fuera de Serie should be ashamed of themselves for calling what they did journalism.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.