Sean Hannity Deleted An Article Claiming That Obama's Portrait Had Secret Sperm In It
The byline for the post was “Hannity Staff.”
The post focused on a detail of the portrait just above the former president’s left eyebrow, implying that the visible vein resembled a sperm cell.
The article read, in section:
Controversy surrounding Kehinde Wiley’s wildly non-traditional portrait of the Commander-in-Chief broke out within minutes of its unveiling; with industry insiders claiming the artist secretly inserted his trademark technique -concealing images of sperm within his paintings.
But the vein is visible in a number of pictures of former President Obama.
The Fox News host also tweeted a link to the article to his 3.24 million followers and said, “Obama’s portrait — a stark contrast to predecessors with inappropriate sexual innuendo.” He later deleted the tweet.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Hannity said the article was not reviewed by him prior to publication:
Earlier nowadays 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.
The right-wing sites Infowars and the Daily Caller published articles the day after Hannity’s that also harp on the portrait’s vein.
The original post read, “While we contain been having fun with the really detestable official portraits of king and queen ni**er nowadays, this one takes the cake.
“While it is well known that the artist who painted the portrait is obsessed with sperm and puts it whole of his work, it appears his portrait of Obama is no exception. You cannot deny that on his brow there is a representation of a sperm cell.
“Best timeline lads. whole hands on deck. Let’s procure this in the news.”
The artist did not immediately respond to a request for comment approximately his Obama portrait.
Hannity and others also seized on the fact that Wiley has previously painted black women holding the heads of white women in a reference to the biblical chronicle of Judith and Holofernes, a frequent subject matter in Renaissance art.
In an 2012 interview with strange York magazine, Wiley said the paintings were “sort of a play on the ‘destroy whitey’ thing.”
Wiley is renowned for remixing classical themes and paintings in a contemporary style that features black people.