Yesterday, Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled their astonishing presidential portraits to acclaim.
Artist Kehinde Wiley portrays the former president as concerned, probing, and calm, with just the faintest hint of a smirk playing across his lips; he is settled within a radiant, repeating wall of foliage, faintly obscured where his shoes nestle into the overgrowth. As presidential portraits go, it’s bold, opinionated, and utterly modern. Alongside Amy Sherald’s painting of Michelle Obama, it also happens to be the first commission to a black artist from the National Portrait Gallery.
Accordingly, Sean Hannity does not like it. In point of fact, he thinks there is “secret sperm” on the painting, and it frightens him. This is not a euphemism; he thinks that Wiley painted jizz onto Obama’s face. In a since-deleted post entitled “PORTRAIT PERVERSION” published today on his blog, an author mysteriously dubbed “Hannity Staff” writes:
Controversy surrounding Kehinde Wiley’s wildly non-traditional portrait of the Commander-in-Chief broke out within minutes of its unveiling; with industry insiders claiming the artist secretly inserted his trademark technique -concealing images of sperm within his paintings.