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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Obama/Joker Poster Hits S.F.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 10:30 AM

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We like to think we live in a liberal oasis in San Francisco, and that's because we do. But we have our right-wing conspiracy nuts just like any other town. A quick perusal of the comments on the Chron Web site is proof enough of that. Thus, while it took longer for the anti-Obama propaganda poster du jour to hit our city, it has finally arrived. The Obama/Joker poster is a creepy mash-up of the president's face with that of the Heath Ledger Joker character from the The Dark Knight. It started cropping up in Los Angeles as early as late April, according the this account from Bedlam Magazine, which traced the original image back to a Chicago engineering student who didn't intend for it to be used as a protest poster.

Whoever hijacked the student's work hasn't taken credit. It would be

tempting to dismiss the poster as yet another over-the-top publicity

stunt particular to groups who like to decorate their hats with tea bags and think health care reform is tantamount to a police state, except when things like this happen.

A

tipster sent us this shot of a ruined poster (there are actually two,

side by side) that (s)he spotted intact on Howard and Second Street on

Tuesday. On Wednesday, someone had already tried to rip it down. The

poster can be modified to have different slogans along the bottom of

it, and 9-11 truther and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones offers versions of it on his Web site, www.inforwars.com. That's the Web address which appeared at the bottom of this

poster. (Visitors to the site are also confronted with an animated  banner that

reads "ammunition supplies are low" and "food is next," illustrated

with a picture of a woman staring balefully at empty supermarket

shelves.) Jones is also responsible for the Obama Deception DVD that was distributed to cars

in the Mission last month. Clearly, Jones has a fan in San Francisco,

although it seems unlikely he'll reach his target audience here.

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