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So Michelle O’s “Let’s Move” postage stamp series was pulled and will be destroyed because some of the children weren’t wearing safety equipment. Dumb. But that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about how godawful ugly these fucking stupid things are (click the pic to see the whole set in color).

This isn’t loose. Or naive. Or graphic. Or playful. This is awful. It’s terrible. It’s shit. It’s just unspeakable. Who approved this crap?

It’s tempting to say that all government art is bad, but it’s not. I love a lot of classic propaganda art — the stuff that’s competently executed and way, way over the top. Bad guys, good guys — they all did some awesome posters back in the day. When I was a little girl, I secretly wanted to be a propagandist. Or a comics artist, before that became quite such a thing. Much similarity.

But this stuff, it’s just bad on all levels. What is it with this lot, that they see citizens as faceless nonentities?


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 10, 2013, 11:06 pm

So what happened to the ‘Read poetry!’ or ‘Do physics!’ ones?


Comment from BrendaM
Time: October 10, 2013, 11:20 pm

“So what happened to the ‘Read poetry!’ ”
You can’t read poetry if you don’t have any eyes. Duh…

Comment from GIL
Time: October 10, 2013, 11:44 pm

These incompetents can’t even get Marxism right. Dangerous tools.

Comment from AliceH
Time: October 11, 2013, 12:12 am

Ex-pat life is growing more attractive with each passing day.

Comment from GIL
Time: October 11, 2013, 12:22 am

> AliceH

Think twice before coming here. It’s nice, but dear God, it costs a lot to run a free society. And that’s when they’re honest. The Royal Mail should print a stamp that says, “REALITY. DON’T GET OVER IT.”

Comment from AliceH
Time: October 11, 2013, 12:37 am

Oh, GIL, I have looked enough to know I can’t afford Jolly Old. I might possibly swing Ireland, but more likely, if I do this at all, I’d wind up some retirement community in Panama City or Mexico… no doubt dousing the walls with insecticide every week (I HATE BUGS!).

Comment from surly ermine
Time: October 11, 2013, 12:42 am

It’s shitty line quality trying to pass as style. Looks like someone had a concept sketch and ran smack into a deadline.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: October 11, 2013, 1:26 am

Kinda reminds me of the artwork for the London Olympics…that thing with Lisa Simpson giving head was priceless.

Comment from AliceH
Time: October 11, 2013, 1:28 am

I could be persuaded to subscribe a Weasel comic. I am pretty sure.

Comment from Nina
Time: October 11, 2013, 1:51 am

They should have hired you. 🙂

But what a monumentally stupid reason to pull a stamp.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 11, 2013, 2:28 am

They do see everyone as faceless nonentities. It’s a prerequisite to seeing everyone as the means to their ends. Suck it up, joyless proles.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: October 11, 2013, 2:56 am

They reminded me of old Christmas stamps that the cancer society mailed out begging for cash.

Comment from Davem123
Time: October 11, 2013, 4:46 am

There also appears to be a surprising lack of diversity. The lack of facial features makes it a bit uncertain but the vast majority of the hair colors and skin tones suggest that they are white folks.

Comment from Steve In Tulsa
Time: October 11, 2013, 11:45 am

Most of the activities on those stamps are not allowed in schools or on public playgrounds. The stamps are a lie.

Comment from ed
Time: October 11, 2013, 12:39 pm

Remember kiddies; a spoonful of sugar makes the Hope & Change go down!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 11, 2013, 12:59 pm

Comment from AliceH
Time: October 11, 2013, 12:12 am

Ex-pat life is growing more attractive with each passing day.
Me too, Alice . . . except that all the places that are affordable are hot countries, and I want to live where I get some winter. Fall and spring too. But Canada, England, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are all socialist, multi-cult paradises. Gah.

Comment from CoyoteKhan
Time: October 11, 2013, 2:05 pm

Bah, I’m stuck here in the US for better or for worse…so I might as well get a job as a government goon so I can tell people to stop recreating in national parks and crash many pension funds by giving Christmas bribes- I mean bonuses.

Comment from Deborah
Time: October 11, 2013, 2:39 pm

Gah! Juggling without a helmet! And the artwork is awful. Stamp art generally is subjected to intense scrutiny and review. The “Let’s Move” series smacks of intense backroom deal-making.

Comment from CoyoteKhan
Time: October 11, 2013, 4:27 pm

Well, commercial art is alot better than this usually…this really comes off as some know nothing ‘high artist'(emphasis on the high, de-emphasis on the artist) got the contract because she/he/it was the First Lady’s BFF.

Or maybe the contract was award to Natasha’s and Malia’s friend at school…you can never tell.

Comment from Sigivald
Time: October 11, 2013, 6:53 pm

Yes, the art is total amateur-hour stuff.

(Then again, some people liked Keith Haring’s crap…)

What annoys me about the mess is that the Postal Service, a notionally “independent” entity, was sucking up to an unaccountable, un-elected, constitutionally powerless person’s ridiculous schemes.

The “First Lady” has and should have exactly zero power or influence; she most certainly shouldn’t be Trying To Fix The Country’s Personal God Damn Lives.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: October 11, 2013, 8:05 pm

It appears steve has hit the dead pool w/ Erich Priebke.

Comment from Christopher Smith
Time: October 12, 2013, 4:26 am

What does climbing a rope have to do with hiking?

Comment from jic
Time: October 12, 2013, 11:57 am

One of the meanings of “hike up” is to pull or raise. But yes, it’s another bizarre choice in a stamp series that’s full of them. Obviously, Michelle and Barack were made for each other: they’re both inept.

Comment from Christopher Smith
Time: October 13, 2013, 4:29 am

I’ve heard “hike up” used like that when pulling up your pants leg or sleeve. Not so much climbing a rope.

Comment from Christopher Smith
Time: October 13, 2013, 4:30 am

Now, I’ve heard of “shinny up” a rope

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 13, 2013, 5:22 am

This whole farrago is a neat example of how state-sanctioned nannying is not merely useless but actively counterproductive. Why are kids fat today when 30-40 years ago they were not? Is it because they are eating vastly more? No. We weren’t short of calories back then. It is because they get very little exercise outside formal PE classes in school. Why? Because the sort of people who think someone doing a handstand needs to wear a goddamn piss-licking motherfucking crash helmet for the love of all that is holy you utter, utter fucksticks are exactly the sort of people who are too timorous to let kids run around and blow off steam. These cretins really need to be beaten to death with a sock full of brass doorknobs and pigshit.

Comment from jic
Time: October 13, 2013, 1:48 pm

“I’ve heard ‘hike up’ used like that when pulling up your pants leg or sleeve. Not so much climbing a rope.”

Which is why I said it was a bizarre choice. But in terms of literal meaning, It makes sense.

“Now, I’ve heard of ‘shinny up’ a rope”

I agree, that would have been much better.

Comment from Elphaba
Time: October 24, 2013, 3:46 am

Is it just me, or is it kinda creepy that there’s a line running through the word “forever”? USA Forever….er, not so much, in the Obama(per)verse.

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