Michelle Obama’s presidential portrait has some people scratching their heads

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Smithsonian portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images and Amy Sherald)

As the country continues their reacting to the unveiling of the Obama presidential portraits, some critics are left scratching their heads over Michelle Obama‘s painting.

The portrait, painted by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, is artistically peculiar, some have pointed out, while others flat out say it doesn’t look like her at all.

“President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s portraits were just unveiled. Is it a joke?” one user tweeted with the hashtag #NotMyPortrait.

“Michelle Obama is an elegant lady and the portrait looks nice. But clearly, the artist drew someone else,” wrote another user.

–Barack and Michelle Obama react to presidential portrait unveilings at National Gallery–

Some responses were downright harsh: “Hideous, Boring. Confused attempt to portray dynamic and vibrant personality of subject,” read person reacted.

Others tried to express how underwhelmed they were by the portrait while trying not to offend the artist. “I know I don’t know art but that portrait of Michelle Obama does not do her justice. Wow,” one user said.

It’s sparked quite the debate online, with some accusing naysayers of doing too much, and even being racist for their criticisms. “Remember: Making fun of Michelle Obama’s ugly portrait is racist. Everything is racist. You racist,” tweeted Mark Dice.

Another user defended the artist tweeting, “People are being so harsh on the artist of Michelle Obama’s portrait. Imagine being under the pressure of painting a presidential official portrait. Nerves might’ve gotten to Amy honestly, because her other work is on pointttt. She really is a good artist.”

See some of the strong reactions below.