AceShowbiz - Everyone has his/her own way to interpret a piece of art, but Sean Hannity's claim about the recently unveiled official portrait of former president Barack Obama has left many people disgusted. The Fox News host suggested on his tweet that the portrait by Kehinde Wiley contained "inappropriate sexual innuendo."
"Obama's portrait - a stark contrast to predecessors with inappropriate sexual innuendo," he posted on Twitter, along with a link to a blog post by "Hannity Staff" which headline read, "PORTRAIT PERVERSION: Obama Portrait Features 'SECRET SPERM,' Artist Joked About 'Killing Whitey'."
The article read in part, "industry insiders claiming the artist secretly inserted his trademark technique - concealing images of sperm within his paintings." The "secret sperm" it referred to was a detail of the portrait just above Obama's left eyebrow which was actually a visible vein. The vein is indeed visible in a number of the former POTUS' pictures.
Of course, people were not impressed by Hannity's remark about the portrait. Journalist and blogger Chris Geidner tweeted in response, "Congrats, @seanhannity, you lose the internet today!" He also called Hannity's tweet "ridiculous" and "racist."
Hannity's tweet and the article have been since deleted. In a statement released by by Fox News, Hannity denied that he's the one who wrote the tweet. "Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message and, therefore, I had it taken down," he said.
Obama and Michelle Obama's portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on Monday, February 12. "Pretty sharp," Obama said after he saw the life-size portrait.
Today, @KehindeWiley and @ASherald became the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. To call this experience humbling would be an understatement. Thanks to Kehinde and Amy, generations of Americans — and young people from all around the world — will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this country through a new lens. They’ll walk out of that museum with a better sense of the America we all love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Inclusive and optimistic. And I hope they’ll walk out more empowered to go and change their worlds.
Mrs. Obama's portrait was created by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald. Explaining why she selected Sherald, the former First Lady said she was "blown away by the boldness of her colors."
As a young girl, even in my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined this moment. Nobody in my family has ever had a portrait - there are no portraits of the Robinsons or the Shields from the South Side of Chicago. This is all a little bit overwhelming, especially when I think about all of the young people who will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this, including so many young girls and young girls of color who don’t often see their images displayed in beautiful and iconic ways. I am so proud to help make that kind of history. But the fact is that none of this would be possible without the extraordinary artist and woman behind this portrait, @asherald. Thank you, Amy – it was a joy to work with you and get to know you.