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.
— Bill Colona (@BillColona) February 12, 2018
Michelle Obama is an elegant lady and the portrait looks nice. But clearly, the artist drew someone else. pic.twitter.com/659jRDHY33
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 12, 2018
I know I don’t know art but that portrait of Michelle Obama does not do her justice. Wow.
— Mack Jr (@alwaysbjune) February 12, 2018
I don’t want to be negative, the portraits are clearly done by extremely talented individual/s. I just don’t think that the portrait of Michelle Obama looks remotely like her, whoever that is she is stunning though ???
— whYBnews (@whYBnews) February 12, 2018
That portrait does not look like Michelle Obama’s. Y’all are trippin ?
— Parker ? (@alyra_25) February 12, 2018
Michelle Obama is a beautiful woman. Striking really. This portrait does not give us that. Looks more like her oldest daughter than MO.
— Loressa Dunn (@oressa) February 12, 2018
As First Lady, Michelle Obama had a vibrancy about her. And she was always in beautiful colors. And her skin was sooo beautiful. Her skin was a representation, and her portrait didn’t capture it at all. I’m sad ?
— Zora Neale Hurtin’ (@_maiyah_) February 12, 2018
— Naty G (@natag81) February 12, 2018