Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Billionaires for Wealthcare

Billionaires for Wealthcare is a guerrilla theater group working in the area of culture jamming, posing as people who are opposed to Obama's attempts at healthcare reform in the U.S. and go out and openly mock people who are opposed to the reform, whether it be influential political leaders or regular folk for example. Here's a culture jamming performance where they shower Sen. Mitch McConnell with fake bills, acknowledging he's being paid a ton of money from the health insurance companies to stall attempts at healthcare reform.

Just looking at the sheer reaction of Sen. McConnell, he seems to listen to the people who congratulate him for trying to stall reform and throw fake bills around him. It's as if he's trying to not react at all to the commotion as he walks to his car. It's just so heart wrenching to be that person who gets paid a ton of money from insurance companies to be mocked, but then again, you're already being paid tons of money, so who honestly gives a care about the uninsured.

The picture below also shows an example of poster signs held by the group themselves to satirize actual anti-healthcare signs knowingly held by tea party protesters.

I would also like to pose a question to whether culture jamming can also accommodate the right-wing as well. Considering the history of culture jamming as being associated with left-wing ideas of anti-consumerism or anti-corporatist. Does its intention of Obama being The Joker, a character in the Batman series known for pranking his enemies into bad consequences, gives the right-wing to also culture jam as well?

Well for the graphic below, it does not espouse the point whether there is some actual truth to it, of how Obama being behind the national insignia of the former Nazi Germany associates him to being a Nazi and a socialist at the same time. It does evoke emotion to the viewer whether Obama is The Joker, a socialist, and a Nazi?

To be honest, if Glenn Beck had raped and murdered a girl in 1990 isn't what you're expecting see me write on this blog, I don't know if culture jamming can also be a form of performance or distorted information, just like the picture below.

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