Soros-funded Media Matters falsely claims criticism of Obama portrait artist a manufactured, coordinated smear campaign

As we and many others reported earlier this week, Kehinde Wiley, the artist who created the portrait of former President Barack Obama, also created at least two portraits which depicted black women holding the decapitated heads of white women.  This prompted outrage, but the far-left, George Soros-funded Media Matters falsely claimed that all of the criticism was “manufactured” and coordinated by “pro-Trump trolls.”

“As a response to the unveiling of former President Barack Obama’s official portrait, pro-Trump trolls launched a smear campaign against artist Kehinde Wiley, claiming a painting of his symbolizes an attack against white people and that the artist ‘seems racist,'” Media Matters said.

Let’s put this into perspective, shall we?  Portraits of black women holding the decapitated heads of white women ARE racist.  Certainly, Media Matters would have blown a gasket if a white artist created portraits with the roles reversed.  Right?

It gets better, as Media Matters manufactured a conspiracy out of thin air, based on a few tweets and a couple of message boards:

On Twitter and online message boards like the “politically correct” threads on 4chan8chan, and The_Donald subreddit on Reddit, pro-Trump trolls are smearing Wiley by claiming his rendition of Judith beheading Holofernes, a modern twist on a classical theme including works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, and others, is “a ‘queen’ cutting off the head of a young white child.” Commenters on the message boards and Twitter have said Wiley “seems racist” and accused the artist of being “the definition of racism.”

Wiley’s painting was part of a series of portraits of women he entitled An Economy of Grace. The artist is known for remixing “classical European art with black urban youth.” As Upworthy’s Parker Molloy documented, the smearing seems “clearly pretty coordinated” and the manufactured outrage echoes other stunts pro-Trump trolls have pulled to garner mainstream media attention and shape narratives, like suing over all-women screenings of Wonder Woman, or disrupting a Shakespeare play over its depiction of the murder of Julius Caesar.

And of course, Media Matters thinks it’s perfectly okay to put on a play depicting the murder of President Trump:

One person told Media Matters:

Of course, Media Matters (purposefully?) left out perhaps the most important part of the entire story, and that’s Wiley’s own words explaining the controversial portraits.

“It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” he told the New York Magazine.

Got that, Media Matters?

It’s ludicrous to think that any of the criticism was “manufactured” and “coordinated” by Trump supporters, and if the left-wing propaganda site had spent five minutes on Google, they would’ve found Wiley’s quote.

But that would’ve destroyed their insane narrative.  Maybe they did leave that part out on purpose…

Unfortunately, this kind of “reporting” is par for the course with Media Matters…

As a final though, remember this is the same Media Matters that announced in early 2017 it was secretly working with Facebook and Google to combat so-called “fake news.”  Let that sink in.


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