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Creator of Obama “Hope” poster beaten up in Denmark misunderstanding

Muriel Kane
Raw Story
Aug 13, 2011

Shepard Fairey’s widely acclaimed “Hope” poster in support of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign has gained him international renown, but an apparent misunderstanding recently caused Danish leftists to view him as a pro-government propagandist. Now Fairey and a colleague are recovering from a beating by two men who accosted him outside a Copenhagen nightclub last Saturday, accused him of being an “Obama illuminati,” and told him to “go back to America.”

“I have a black eye and a bruised rib,” Fairey told the Guardian.

Fairey explained that the attack was sparked by confusion over a mural he painted to commemorate the controversial 2007 demolition of a youth house that had been used as a base by Copenhagen’s left-wing community. The painting, on a building adjoining the still-vacant site, depicts a dove and the word “peace.”

According to Fairey, the mural was commissioned by a Copenhagen art gallery that is holding an exhibit of his work, but Danish media falsely reported that it was done for the city council. As a result, Danish activists believed it was being used to paper over continuing conflict between them and the political establishment, and it was quickly vandalized with graffiti reading “no peace” and “go home, Yankee hipster.”

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