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Steve Martin and Shepard Fairey Agree: Stephen Colbert Needs to Change His Picture (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 9th 2010 7:42AM
Steve Martin and Shepard Fairey Agree: Stephen Colbert Needs to Change His Picture It was time for Stephen Colbert to make a change. And Steve Martin had a suggestion. On the new 'Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), the comedian admitted that he didn't like Colbert's self-portrait. Mr. Colbert was willing to listen -- so he brought on famed artist Shepard Fairey (who designed the Obama "Hope" poster) in order to switch things around.

But Fairey had a different message for Colbert than he had for Barack Obama. Instead of "HOPE," he spray-painted the word "OBEY" in big letters across Stephen's portrait. When the host asked Mr. Fairey why he did that, this was the artist's reply --

"I made your agenda as a, uh, omnipotent quasi-fascist orator ... that much more obvious as manipulation." Whoa. We love complicated artsy talk. So is Shepard saying that the medium has become the message, and thus he has inverted Stephen's own manipulation of media tropes, thereby rendering the implicit explicit? ... Ahem. (See, we can do complicated artsy talk too.)

Confusing as the explanation may have been, everyone involved showed a good sense of humor. And if you don't feel like parsing Shepard's complicated speech, you can always go here, and create your own version of the famous "Hope" poster instead. After all, a big long speech isn't a requirement for becoming an artist ...

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