The Assassination of Barack Obama: Freedom of expression or racism?

A controversial art exhibit was raided and shut down before it could be viewed in NYC yesterday.

According to the NY Times blog: Cityroom, Boston-born performance artist, Yazmany Arboleda, tried to set up a provocative art exhibition in a vacant storefront on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan with the title, “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama”.

The artist thought his racist views were protected under the Constitution because he was expressing himself through his art. Wrong.

Not 30 minutes after Arboleda set up the gallery across the street from the New York Times building, police, feds and secret service swooped in to shut the art exhibit down. While police covered the offensive storefront window with brown paper, Arboleda was led away in handcuffs to be “interrogated”.

Arboleda, 27, learned the hard way that freedom has its limits. Later, in an interview, he said: “It’s art. It’s not supposed to be harmful. It’s about character assassination — about how Obama and Hillary have been portrayed by the media.” He added, “It’s about the media.”

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57 Responses to “The Assassination of Barack Obama: Freedom of expression or racism?”

  1. 1
    brwnsugga4you says:

    i see it’s starting already. this what i was saying in my last few posts. we can dream all we want. racism still exist in this country. the white radicals do not want to see a black man in office. there will be alot more things cominig before novermber i promise you!

  2. 2
    brwnsugga4you says:

    huh…and i just caught the picture they have with him and john f. kennedy…sad very sad.

  3. 3
    milly says:

    Now shes in a jail cell singing Akon’s “locked up wont let me out” and I hope they keep his ass in there for a while too, Old hateful self

  4. 4
    LovelyLady says:

    Is dat a D*ck in one of them pictures. Oh My.

    But this is the time we live in……..it’s not going any where no time soon. Sad so sad.

  5. 5
    Ms. Me says:

    I’m speechless :-(

    The really sad part is that there are many other people in the USA that share the views of this ignorant fool.

  6. 6
    Terry .W says:

    This artist is acting selfishly to try put his name out there through what he thinks is “art” plain and simple. That is just a hot pile of garbage. That is NOT ART…..The audience would never interprate that to be “character assasination” coz its way past borderline offensive!

    what people do for fame…tsk tsk!

  7. 7
    LovelyLady says:

    NOW REALLY IS DAT REALLY A D*CK WTF DOES DAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING

  8. 8
    brwnsugga4you says:

    did yah peep the caption above obama’s daughter’s head “NAPPY HEADED HO’S”????

  9. 9
    milly says:

    ^^^^ I caught that>>so damn wrong

  10. 10
    MOCHAMOMMY says:

    Its so clear that this is racism in an artform… Sad that anyone would fool themselves & think this is about the media & the “character assassinations.” When has the media ever let a d*ck & a noose ever portray a white presidential hopeful’s character? This is a klansman in a artist’s clothing

  11. 11
    Lisa says:

    This is some BS!!! White ain’t going nowhere.

  12. 12
    cocoa49 says:

    it didn’t take them {“racist”} long to start….this is going to be a long, hard, road for obama…..but he has our support.

  13. 13
    srv says:

    wow.these are extremely powerful messages….the nappy headed hoes reference….I mean I can see…damn, no I can’t.

  14. 14
    pyt_504 says:

    OK i am too thru!!!! What does that have to do with him and hillz fighting in the media?

    Its 2008 and nope……. we will always be judged by our skin color!!! Hell we judge each other by our skin color (example: OH SANDRA PUT UP THE CHOCOLATE BROTHERS… A LIGHT SKIN MAN DONT WORK FOR ME–sad sad sad) So dont expect others who are not black to not judge us by skin color!

    This is not art!!!!!!!! this is str8 bull****! and hatefullness!!! and a clear attack on barak!

  15. 15
    Anna says:

    Truely not art, not really racism so much. Just some stupid person taking a chance to do something they surely knew was stupid and trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.

  16. 16
    prynsexxx says:

    I looked at all the pics. However I do like the **** pics. He/she has been scorned by a blk man. He/she made it obvious with the **** on the wall pics. Man that was a big, long, blk, dingaling! OH MY! Yall I’m not even suprised! Really I’m not, Obama whether we want to believe it or NOT, is a marked man.

    I hold out hope, I really do! I fight to the end (like Hillary), but ppl are after this man. He is a threat to “the American ppl”. They don’t want better for the US. They don’t know better. Hurt ppl, hurt ppl. PERIOD. When you raise someone up that doesn’t know anything better, they become a product of their environment and that is whats happening to the United States. They have been raised up to ONLY know that there is a white president that has ever ran this country. They are losing their minds. Some ppl don’t understand that change is good. You should see how the white ppl act here when I tell them I don’t celebrate Christmas or Easter or eat meat, but I go to church every Sunday. They can’t wrap their heads around it. Automatic response: Are you a Muslim? What the……..

    When you know better you do better and this my friends is an example of somebody that doesn’t know any better.

    I would label the artist a terrorist!!!!!!!!!!!! Freedom of speech THAT!

  17. 17
    pyt_504 says:

    Im glad that shut that shyt down!!! But they shouldnt have been allowed to take pics of the display! So therefore the media still is exposed to this Bullshyt

  18. 18
    gemini83 says:

    #14-PYT_504….Can you please get out of my head girl?? LOL

  19. 19
    Yanaja says:

    brwnsugga4you Says:

    did yah peep the caption above obama’s daughter’s head “NAPPY HEADED HO’S”????
    —————

    I did, and I think that it is the most offensive part of this exhibit. Barack Obama chose this path and he knew what he was getting into, but those two little sweet innocent girls didn’t ask for this. This is just wrong…but I’m sure they’ll be stronger women in the future because of this whole experience.

  20. 20
    2bme says:

    oh good lord..i’m tired already

  21. 21
    prynsexxx says:

    Yall know whats funny………

    I would rock that slogan:

    “once you go Barack” and “you too can be the next negro american president”

    on a T-shirt

    That last phrase should be given to every lil black man, boy child in the United States.

    Flip the script on their asses! Use their own media against them. Thanks Mister Artist.

  22. 22
    LovelyLady says:

    Nappy Headed Hoes?????????????????????????????
    ——————
    Oh hell to da mofo naw………….I hope someone beats dat azz………………….how da f*ck u going bring da kids into this……….now dats low

  23. 23

    I really think people are trying to put something out there for a nut to grab in talking about Obama being assignated. I have heard people talk and joke of Obama being assignated more than I’ve heard of Bush being assignated during his 8 years and Bush really eff up the country.

  24. 24

    Good lord that’s a big pen*s. I think it’s a little to dark to belong to Barack thought. I also think think it’s sad that his daughters are included in exhibt.

  25. 25
    j-lo843 says:

    @ Ms. Me
    I’m speechless

    Ditto!!!!

  26. 26
    Yanaja says:

    BEAUTYINBALTIMORE Says:

    Good lord that’s a big pen*s. I think it’s a little to dark to belong to Barack thought. I also think think it’s sad that his daughters are included in exhibt.
    —————–

    Nah girl, you’d be surprised at the dark penis’ on light skinned men…my ex is as light as Barack with a big a*s blue/black peepee…I thought he had gangrene when I first saw it

  27. 27
    j-lo843 says:

    @ prynsexxx

    Good point…take something negative and make it positive…that’s how you shut a mutha****** up…excuse my language but it’s people like that who tends to bring out the ignorance in me.

  28. 28
    2thick4u says:

    Um…was that a gigantic photo of a ****?!!!

    This guy is pathetic and he needs to sit in jail for a while so “Bubba” can assassinate his ass!!!

  29. 29
    j-lo843 says:

    Yazmary Arboleda…what kind of name is that…is he even American…Oooops my back now I’m being racist.

  30. 30
    pointhimout says:

    it’s offensive, not freedom of speech. when another’s persons rights or their well being and safety are possibly violated, it’s no longer freedom of speech. i dont know why people dont understand that.

    do you think you’d be able to make a crazy comment about or threaten the president of the usa and be able to say ‘its my freedom of speech?’

  31. 31
    D.Ortiz says:

    He has barack’s daughters listed as “nappy headed hoes”

    This is just the top of the iceberg, It is sad that Barack will receive more hate and racism in the coming months, but someone has to risk everything so that we don’t stay in this same 360 degree deadly circle of racism and hate. I believe when we to have our first black president Barack Obama it will not only be historic but it will break down some barriers that still divide us as a nation.

  32. 32
    allhoney915 says:

    Where are the picture’s from Hillary’s exhibit? If this is supposed to be about both of their assinations in the media? It seems the photographer was more concerned with those images reflecting Barack….I agree with PYT_504. They should not have been allowed to photograph this hate either.

  33. 33
    SnootyPooty1 says:

    @MOCHAMOMMY & Ms. Me I agree with you both 100%.
    That is so sad. But what do you expect racism is alive and well most of it is closeted but now it’s coming out to the forefront. I am actually speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. 34
    prynsexxx says:

    I just goggled his name to see the Hillary exhibit. It hardly has anything that would be offensive to the “white” American ppl or Hillary herself.

    One of the pictures even said:

    Hillary Clinton the antidote to N!GGERITIS.

    WTF???????????????????

  35. 35
    SnootyPooty1 says:

    @prynsexxx… Hey lady, how are you my little detective???

    Girl you are on point today as usual…..

  36. 36
    prynsexxx says:

    Thank you Snooty.

    I love this site and callin ppl out when need be.

    Thanks again.

    Sandrarose.com is the SH!T

  37. 37
    candycane says:

    example: OH SANDRA PUT UP THE CHOCOLATE BROTHERS… A LIGHT SKIN MAN DONT WORK FOR ME–sad sad sad

    I dont think it’s sad that people have a prefereance for a sexy dark skin man. I personally have no ill feelings towards light skin men, just not attracted to them (although one or two have made it through :-)). BUT I feel this light skinned black man will make a WONDERFUL president.

  38. 38
    marshefen says:

    Wow! How could he think that was art or acceptable? He should be banned from ever having an art exhibit again. I’m just speechless.

  39. 39
    tkotuki says:

    Ms. Sandra,
    Please put up the Hillary picks.

    http://www.theassassinationofhillaryclinton.com/

  40. 40
    Sister Toldja says:

    1) How is it racist if he did the same about Hilary? Are her pics sexist? Oh wait, Black women don’t believe in sexism. AND IT’S NOT RACIST! It’s ABOUT racism.

    2) You guys don’t get it, obviously. I think it is in somewhat poor taste, but I understand what the artist is trying to do. Sad that some folks, especially the Hip-Hop generation, will see this and say “Ooh, dey is being racist to Obama. Obama is my nigga, yo. This **** is bogus” and go back to reading your Little Wayne stories. Sad.

  41. 41
    Bird says:

    I’m not sure what to make of it. It was very in your face and quite profound. You only showed the Barack part, but I have no doubt that powerful statements were made where Hillary was concerned as well. It’s funny that they rushed in to cover it up in what appears to be a never ending attempt to pretend that racism isn’t still very real in this country.

  42. 42
    secret says:

    @Sister Toldja, I think that you are the one who does not understand. I think it is safe to say as a black person I don’t need you to define what is racist or what is racism. If it doesn’t offend you than that’s you, if you don’t think its racist thats on you. I find it highly offensive and racist and of course that is my opinion. Whats sad is you sister,you need to get your own mind right while you talking about what other folks are going to do. Hiphop does not define every black person and I think its sad that you think so.

  43. 43
    secret says:

    Hillary’s exhibit was no were near as offensive a Obama’s.

  44. 44
    Sandra Rose says:

    prynsexxx Says:

    Yall know whats funny………

    I would rock that slogan:

    “once you go Barack” and “you too can be the next negro american president”

    on a T-shirt

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I thought the same thing! Where’s the dude who made that MARTA girl t-shirt? We need to make those shirts asap and pass them out to our kids!

  45. 45
    bklynchick says:

    I am trying to find me a Barack T-Shirt now:). Who in the hell was going to come to this exhibit is the question???? They should of left it open for them to come in and arrest all of them. I am so tired of the nappy headed hoe thing my hair is not nappy cause my black sister created a perm and now my hair is dark and lovely!!!

  46. 46
    prynsexxx says:

    #45 said:

    I am trying to find me a Barack T-Shirt now
    ____________________________________________

    Make one. That’s what I’m about to do, with the slogan that read:

    “Once You Go Barack……”

    I am going to have it airbrushed on a beater with his face on it. Don’t trip. Yall thought I was playing!

    Again….Thanks Mr. Artist!

  47. 47
    ReadTheBlog says:

    Isn’t it a federal offense to threaten a senator or suggest likewise? Ohhhhh Sandy, I’d take this photo down, if I were you – maybe post a link to it or something.

  48. 48
    MzTee says:

    Art just like beauty is subjective. Art can BE pornographic, racist, controversial, anti-religious, anti-gay, etc. BUT that doesn’t mean these pieces aren’t art. Like Sista Toldja, I understand what the artist was trying to do with his art which is illustrate that Racism and Sexism are rampant in the media. It’s not like folks amongst themselves didn’t talk about how the media tried to character assassinate Obama. The artist took it to a different level and made it much more graphic, tangible and immediate.

  49. 49

    I totally got the messages. I can see where this could be offensive (I was taken back by the unneccesary DARK JOHNSON and depiction of the girls- that was a little far, they are innocent) but I totally get this. This was true art with equal representation and I think the exhibit is important to those of us that can correctly interpret the messages or at least take something that drives us to take action away from the exhibit.

  50. 50

    I think that was Robert Kennedy.

  51. 51
    milly says:

    Sad part is they’ve release him and the Art gallery will still go up with these offensive pieces of **** hanging on the walls

  52. 52
    kalvonel says:

    Being somewhat of an artist myself AND after looking at the Hillary gallery I can see the point the artist was trying to make. IF he/she was indeed trying to make that point. whick to me would be how the media pratically assassinated Barak, but treated Hillary with kindess. but again, that’s only IF the artist was really trying to point that out. @ 49 & 48: living in America, we do have the right to free speech and that’s what a lot of racist ppl use to spread their hate. We as reasonable, intelligent adults shouldn’t be so niave that we allow bullshyt to pass as “art” JUST because the “artist” says so.

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  54. 54
    Sandra Rose says:

    tkotuki Says:

    Ms. Sandra,
    Please put up the Hillary picks.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The Hillary pics were bland and boring. The only one I liked was the one with the famous lesbians in history. :)

  55. 55
    ChokLitFactory says:

    I am SPEECHLESS. Such hate! What is wrong with Americans??

  56. 56
    DMNB says:

    This is really sad

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