Shepard Fairey Changes Occupy Hope
A bit ago we brought you the story that Shepard Fairey had modified his iconic “Hope” image for the Occupy Wall Street cause. After a bit of drama the artist has modified the image at the request of the movement. The original poster “hoped” the President was with the movement. Well that didn’t sit too well with some and they sent a letter to Fairey according to the Village Voice:
I myself and several other organizers cannot in any way be connected to this design. The 99% movement is wholly non-partisan and we have been repeatedly attacked as being a front for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Our movement is about uniting people, from all different walks of life and all different political viewpoints, against the global financial elite who have bought control of our government through campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door.
I don’t read Fairey’s original poster as saying such, it implores the President to be a part of the movement, not the movement endorsing the President, there’s a difference. Would the movement be against the President taking a stand and implementing the changes espoused by them? In fact, I think the as for the change voices exclusion by the movement. You can compare the two images below: