“Candidates have become as manufactured as movie stars: coached on every aspect of their dress and demeanor, and supplied with perky sound-bites for spontaneous delivery on Letterman. Which is why, as we set out to plan the cover of Radar’s Politics issue, it seemed appropriate to do a little facile packaging of our own.”
But if today's politicians are more mechanized than ever before, our country's dealings with race and gender in art and media remain the same. RaceWire points out that:
The gender and racial implications of this cover are disturbing— just look at the placement and hierarchy of the candidates. At the highest point of the layout we have the white male (and the only candidate worthy of clothes), Guilliani, second to a nude Clinton— and at their feet a naked Black man, Obama, lying down!
If the potential Presidential candidates were all white men, they’d be in suits. During the 2000 election, Al Gore and George Bush were shown in masks or comic strip satire. Even Schwarzenegger didn’t get the nude treatment and there were plenty of those to go around—no photoshop needed. Now, we finally have a woman and a Black man running and the first instinct is to objectify and hypersexualize.
** And just when you thought Obama was starting to gain ground by refusing to wear the american flag pin as a blind item of patriotism, he's starting to slip up. Now he's pandering to the interests of Black Southern conservatives by campaigning with vehemently anti-gay gospel choirs. Check it out here.