The Assassination Waltz

People keep joking about the untimely demise of President-Elect Barack Obama and it continues to not be funny. Take “artist” Apollo Braun’s (aka Doron Braunshtein’s) sweatshirt opus — Who Killed Obama?

From Gawker:

Now that we have a glorious, hopey new president, it’s time for the assholes to come out. Idiot L.E.S. designer Apollo Braun—famous for being the idiot who makes sweatshirts saying “Who Killed Obama?”— has issued a mumbly press release declaring that he will not stop making his idiot sweatshirts, despite alleged pressure from the FBI, which may or may not be a likely fabrication like the rest of the idiot’s stories. He also gives an appropriately amusing quote!:

“I am not saying ‘Kill Obama’ I am only saying, ‘Who Killed Obama?’ And yes, you may say that I am predicting the near future … I am still not sure if this is the best pop art creation I have ever made, or if it is the worst pop art creation I have ever made. But one thing is certain, it is definitely one pop creation that asks a lot of questions and evokes a lot of emotions in people… If I wouldn’t do it, as an artist, who will?”


This isn’t Braun’s first attempt at being an asshole. He’s a repeat offender. He created the “Who Killed Obama?” shirt back in March around the same time he was pushing an “Obama Is My Slave” T-shirt. He expressed horror that some individuals — who may or may have not been Negroes — expressed their discontent in the most forceful language possible. He even claimed he got roughed up by some unruly black girls, but that alleged assault is highly in doubt. Besides, claiming you were pimped slapped by tweens wearing skinny jeans who are two years out of the “That’s So Raven” phase does not inspire empathy. I really don’t think he was horrified by all the negative attention so much as he was delightfully pleased. He’s one of those boring, pseudo hipster artist provocateurs.

[B.d.], who left the Holy Land for New York in the summer of 2001, is no stranger to controversy. One of his fashion shows featured a gay wedding between two models, one with a mask of President George W. Bush, the other wearing an Osama bin Laden mask. He doesn’t seem to be a fan of any politicians, stating he is no fan of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and that Sen. John McCain “is not the answer” for America. His line of anti-Obama shirts has been on sale since March, sporting slogans like “Jews Against Obama,” “Obama = Hitler,” and “Who Killed Obama?” the latter of which the designer claims has sold 1,200. They sell for anywhere from $69 to $250.

I think he should just drop it and leave this sort of thing to the professionals. And by professionals I mean Ann Coulter.

Seriously. She doesn’t come down to your job and knock the mop out of your hand, Pseudo Hipster Boy. Get off her race-baiting turf.

That said, since Obama started running two years ago he has endured countless threats and acts of really tacky art, including the racist whack-a-doodle clusterfuck that developed around the time when Gov. Sarah Palin was singing her no. 1 alt/country/folk/rock hit “Obama’s Been Pal’in Around With Terrorists (Wouldn’t You Rather Be Palin Around With Me?)”

Palin talked about infamous William Ayers so much she’s still blabbering about him in interviews, but as a wise woman in a weave and hot pants once told me, if you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it.

Before that there were whack-a-doodles and art exhibits like the double threat of “The Assassination of Barack Obama” and “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton” created by “artist” Yazmany Arboleda earlier this year. The exhibit memorably featured a picture of Obama’s adorable daughters with “Nappy Headed Hos” at the top (pictured above). I believe the exhibit was supposed to make you think. All I could think was that the artist was a tool. Like Pseudo Hipster Boy here, the artist was in it for the attention.

They’re shock artists.

Sometimes shock art has a value and sometimes it’s just tasteless boosterism. Look how edgy I am. I made a sculpture of Osama bin Laden raping Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch as Suri looks on and a pigeon poops on Xenu. Wow. I am so bad ass now. For $65, I’ll put it on a T-shirt.

I don’t see this stopping anytime soon — the unfunny jokes, crappy assassination art and the deranged — so for those who actually care we are going to have to endure. After all, that’s what the Obamas will be doing as a family. Trying to fix the country’s 1,001 problems while enduring the BS that comes with the job.

We will have to endure the threats, the shock artists and the whack-a-doodles and, dare I say it, the Sarah Palin, unless something happens that renders them all pop political eunuchs. Unless something happens that makes white supremacist groups stop using Obama’s election as a recruitment tool, this is our future.

Reserve your outrage for something worthy. This tool is not it. This was more of a public service announcement. When it’s “clobberin’ time” you’ll know. For now, simply vent as I have or share your coping mechanisms with myself and the others.

Right now, I’m just going to shout a stream of explitives then take some Clonazepam. That’s how I’m making it through the next four years — Brave. Angry. Neurotic. It’s the Black Snob way.

32 thoughts on “The Assassination Waltz

  1. Such stupidity. This is another reason that I am glad that Sen. Obama ran and become President-Elect Obama. Now all those people who think that racism stopped can see that it still exist. This, in my opinion, is about race and nothing else. Correction it is also about him making money too. I want to know who would pay between $69 and $250 for that.Who Killed Apollo Braun? Nobody cause he’s not worth it.

  2. Yeah, I ignore crazy people everyday! Just another fool to ignore. By ignore I mean stare them down as I pass to make sure they don’t do anything crazy to me then once they are out of my sight they are out of my mind.

  3. I appreciate art, but I’m speechless here. Not sure what to think. I suppose I should ask my sister, who is a New York artist, what she thinks.Also, where would you wear the sweatshirt? Not in Chicago, that’s for sure. Not unless you want to get beat up or killed.Jolie

  4. Violence may not be the answer, but he needs a old school universal Brooklyn beatdown. Williamsburg is probably the only place here in Brooklyn, that he can get away with wearing that shirt..

  5. What do you say to that? Stop because I said so or the fact that we by that I mean people of color will beat you down? Anger doesn’t solve anything. I agree with K-Boog and Shannon…I would rather leer at someone for something stupid that have said, worn or done than actually call them a name because it just perpetuates the cycle. Granted, if you want to beat them down, I won’t stop you or call the police. I’ll just watch.

  6. “Sometimes shock art has a value and sometimes it’s just tasteless boosterism. Look how edgy I am. I made a sculpture of Osama bin Laden raping Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch as Suri looks on and a pigeon poops on Xenu. Wow. I am so bad ass now. For $65, I’ll put it on a T-shirt.”Exactly. When it is used to bring attention to (for instance) ills in our society then yes, it’s art. When it’s done to make a fast buck or 15 min of fame and has no cultural, intellectual, moral/ethical value – it’s trash. Really, I hope the secret service puts some pressure on these asshats.

  7. Leave him to Heaven, folks. I believe people like that are truly under a demonic spirit, which causes them to do negative acts. It’s a matter of time before that negative energy turns on him. Sad to say, but they’ll probably find him lying in the street one day. When you curse someone, the curse eventually comes back to you. Peace and light always

  8. It’s annoying, I agree… but somehow, saying “clusterfuck” makes it all better.Try it.Clusterfuck.See?I think it works.

  9. “Besides, claiming you were pimped slapped by tweens wearing skinny jeans who are two years out of the “That’s So Raven” phase does not inspire empathy.” Ooh hooohooo hoo wHOO! Bwahahaha! That line had me rollin’.@ Faith: I wish that “hipster racism” was a surprising thing, but it’s not. Sadly, Black hipsters are often the worst. You know how sometimes the scariest gangsters are the white ones (because they have something to prove)… same with Black hipsters. Black hipster: “Look at me white hipsters, I’m every bit as irreverant and shocking as you, and then some. Nevermind if I denegrate my own people in the process. In fact, they aren’t even ‘my people’. We only share the same skin color. A shared history means nothing. I will not even consider myself Black until I myself encounter blatant racism, then I will be all about ‘community’.”

  10. @Duck; lol but true IMO.These people exist and have always existed. They will make money however they can. Living in this country they have a right I guess, but I’m not sure how lenient the FBI or Secret Service should be.There are other fools out there that will buy this garbage. I think we live in a time when offended people don’t always try to do things logically. There may be an increase in the amount of hate crimes and race related violence. Not everyone is willing to turn the ‘other cheek’.

  11. lmao and rotf at “Palin talked about infamous William Ayers so much she’s still blabbering about him in interviews, but as a wise woman in a weave and hot pants once told me, if you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it.”sadly, this type of stupidity will continue for the 4 (hopefully 8) years the obamas are in the white house. we just have to pick and choose our battles. this one ain’t it.

  12. “There’s a town I know where the hipsters go called Bedrock. Twitch, twitch, twitch.” Sorry, I kept hearing that word hipster used, and thought of that little ditty from the Flintstones.

  13. I don’t know if you remember/heard about the knuckleheads who were selling Obama ’08 tees with a picture of Curious George on them. Well, I live a few minutes from that hell hole and used to pass their racist signs (Border patrol eat free, Republican b/c everybody can’t be on welfare, and more…) every day on my ride to my son’s pre-K. That mess is hard to ignore, so I just wish really bad things on them and then fall on my knees at night to beg forgiveness. For now, it works.

  14. You don’t have to pray for forgiveness, VCSMama. Just remember what goes around, comes around. Karma may take minutes or years to occur. Most of the time you’ve forgotten what you’ve done. And I ought to know that.

  15. as a working artist, I am insulted that this hateful, “shock art”, is getting anything even resembling validation.I am outraged as a artist and as a citizen.

  16. So, draven, you a film guy? I thought you were being sarcastic with the whole “so do my friends” thing. Whatyagot?Oh yeah, regardless of who anyone voted for the last thing that needs to take place is even the discussion of this. There is actually a chance, albeit fragile, to make serious gains in race relations from an Obama presidency. Something like that could negate all gains that were ever made. I dislike governments and I despise most politicians but I think the least anybody could do is give him a chance to sink or swim(figuratively) on his own accord. But,than again, maybe that’s what people like that are afraid of. That is what I think is truly sad.

  17. Anonymous @ 7:45pm, I’m not a film guy but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I was just funning with ya. People have to give Obama a break. This country is a mess and my insight tells me it’s going to get much worse. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it. I really don’t know what Obama can do other than hope it gets better. Although he may let down a lot of people, I’m not expecting much. What will be, will be. I’m just glad he’s president, that’s all.

  18. someone needs to make this “artist” disappear already…glad to know ignorance is alive and kicking in case i get complacent now that obama has been elected…

  19. People like Apollo seek to make money off controversial art and statements. Ann Colter is another spectacular case of writing and saying anything to insight people rather than enlighten. And I agree with Draven. These people feed off the negative and don’t care that they are on a one way ticket to Hell, because these kind of people know they serve The Dark One.The fools will not go away. Case in point? Alan Keyes. This fool will not go away! Let’s just pray for the safety of president-elect and the first family and the Bidens.Peace.

  20. I totally feel what you’re saying, Nita. For the record, though, I don’t believe souls are sent to Hell. Some people are under such negative influence of certain spirits (demons) that they will arrive there. I think God is never punishing (Karma restores balance) and will always allow souls and spirits–even light beings who left Heaven–to return, if they’re willing and able. To me, this is the beauty of the Universe and I wish people would stop thinking of God as a murdering entity that judges and condemns. For some people, this whole concept is evil in and of itself. They like an angry, mean God. If God were judgmental, however, he would have destroyed The Opponent long ago. Personally, I don’t pray anymore because I see that all things, good and bad, come from God and everything is designed for the betterment of our souls. Karma–good and bad–has to occur, so why pray for something to not occur? I do talk to God, asking for understanding and strength to get me through an ordeal at times. Most of the time, this isn’t really necessary because I know I’ll become stronger after every struggle. Sorry about the sermon. It helps to re-enforce my own personal beliefs when I explain them.

  21. Did the article say this clown was an immigrant? How about someone ship him back to where he came from? See the effect Sarah Palin has had on me? LOL

  22. Now, really. McCain assisination-proofed himself by choosing Gov. Palin. Bush assisination proofed himself when he chose Cheney. Who’s afraid of Joe Biden?Now, If he’d chosen Mrs. Clinton… I suppose THAT could go either way….

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