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Michelle Obama Portrayed As A Slave On Cover Of Spanish Magazine

The recent issue of a popular spanish periodical is getting the side-eye from many in the black community as it features First Lady Michelle Obama portrayed as a slave.

he August 2012 issue of Magazine Fuera de Serie, a supplement to Spanish newspaper Expansion, features a cover image guaranteed to turn heads.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s face (pictured) is superimposed over an 1800 female slave painting by French artist Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist. Seated on a chair covered with the American Flag, right breast exposed, and wearing an Aunt Jemina headscarf, the image is part of a feature article examining Mrs. Obama’s popularity among the American public.

“…Behind every great man there is a great woman [which best] describes the Obama marriage. In the shadow of the U.S. President is a person whose popularity ratings exceed those of Barack’s own. This person is none other than his wife Michelle,” reads the roughly translated description for “Michelle Tataranieta De Esclava, Dueña De América” (Michelle, Granddaughter Of A Slave. Lady Of America).

This wouldn’t be the first time in recent history that Europe has depicted a prominent African-American woman in a seemingly negative light. Just last year a Dutch magazine described Rihanna as “De N***ab***h” in an interview write up.

Do you find this cover offensive? Should Europe aim to become more aware of what depictions are offensive to American and/or African-American culture?

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