Hillary Clinton

The Work of Anti-Hillary Art in the Age of Social Media

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Weekly Standard

The U.K. Independent reports that almost immediately upon Hillary Clinton announcing her presidential campaign the hashtag #WhyImNotVotingforHillary became the top trending topic on Twitter. It's still going strong; you can check it out here.

The hashtag was the work of Markeece Young, a former Democrat turned Republican who tweets @YoungBLKRepub.

Most of the tweets are dumb and filled with recycled jokes, cartoons, and '90s-era gags about Slick Willie, Monica Lewinsky, and the like. Benghazi is a popular topic, as is email-gate, Mrs. Clinton's vast wealth, and her generally disastrous run as Secretary of State.

Cosmopolitan has rounded up a host of true knuckle-dragging misogynist tweets about the former First Laday and senator from New York.

Clinton may be the first candidate who will face campaigning in the social-media era with lots and lots of scandals in her past. Some of those "scandals" are phony outrages and others are legitimate issues that will be resurrected and pored over again and again and again. The difference now, I'd argue, is that a host of technologies allow people more than ever to keep things alive. That may well work to Clinton's favor, especially if the most deranged critics of Clinton become so visible and so outspoken that all her political adversaries have to work to distance themselves from anything resembling such attacks. 

And the same sorts of social media and messaging technologies that let wingnuts and moonbats of all persuasions rip on everybody about everything all the time also allows for some genuinely smart commentary, too. The image to the upper right was photographed in Brooklyn and posted by an unknown artist. It mocks the attempt by the HRC Super Volunteers to demonize critics as illegitimate if they call Clinton polarizing, ambitious, inevitable, secretive, and other terms that are well within anybody's sense of acceptable discourse. There's more examples of this street art at The Weekly Standard.

The poster is highly reminscent of Robbie Canal's anti-Reagan (and right-wingers more generally) art from the late 1980s and '90s. Shephard Fairey's iconography was a boost to President Obama's campaign in 2008. It may well turn out that some well-turned anti-Hillary posters—not to mention ones attacking the various GOP hopefuls—will have an influence over the next year and a half of insufferable Laff Olympics we call political campaigns. This is much is certain at least: Images, videos, and other messages mocking and praising candidates will be be more easily circulated than ever before.

Take it away, Obama Kids Sing for Change (Pyongyang Remix):

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    (We’re easy that way. Just give us what we want and everyone will be happier.)

  2. Cosmopolitan has rounded up a host of true knuckle-dragging misogynist tweets…

    Sorry, but at least one of the tweets was only “knuckle-dragging misogyny if you’re desperate to see it.

    ” being a cranky old bitch did not work for McCain why do we think hitlary would do any better ?”

    Are we to think the author is misogynist against John McCain?

    1. Appears whoever was in charge of collecting the knuckle-dragging misogynist tweets was instructed to set the bar as low as needed to get the job done.

    2. Hating one corrupt, incompetent woman isn’t the same thing as hating all women. You twats.

    3. If you want expert opinions on knuckle-dragging misogyny, well, drop on by H & R!

  3. I’m going to get so tired of that woman.

    1. Going to?

  4. there are still people who would seek to tear ClintonPalin down simply because she is a woman with the audacity to run for vice-president.

    Come on, you lame corporate media cunts. I dare you, I really do dare you, to pretend that anyone running for the White House is owed the kid glove treatment after the last 16 years of political campaigning.

    But since Nick hangs out with these Cosmo-types because “ORANGE LINE-TARIANS”, let me say what he cannot: Fuck you, Tone Police wannabes. Fuck you to the self-appointed kingmakers and gatekeepers with journalism and communication degrees. And most importantly, fuck those of you who will put the clearly inferior of the Clinton duo into the White House because you’re on TEAM Vagina-Over-All.

  5. I’m actually hoping Clinton wins the nomination only to discover even she can’t suppress “freedom of speech” enough to get herself into office.

  6. #IRONVAGINA2016

  7. Figures Nick would read Cosmopolitan…

  8. Premise1: Hillary is an elitist lizard cunt
    Premise2: It is hard for many to vote for someone they have no “connection” to.

    Conspiracy Theory: Team Hillary knows she will lose the General as things stand now. Therefore they must inject emotion, hate, even sympathy into the fight. If Hillary is attacked enough, many people will begin to feel sorry for her and believe her opponents are just misogynistic angry white men. Therefore, the Anti-Hillary tweet movement is really an inside job.

    As Deep Throat told Woodward: You’ve done worse than let Haldeman slip away: you’ve got people feeling sorry for him. I didn’t think that was possible.

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  10. Lena Dunham’s father, Carroll Dunham, has a fetish of drawing female genitalia.

    As he would no doubt vote for Granny Clinton, perhaps he could produce a campaign poster depicting Granny’s nether region?

  11. I hate Hillary less than most of the other candidates out there. (unpopular opinion?) I also think she will pave the way for the likes of Elizabeth Warren.

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