Sunday, November 02, 2008

El Día de los Políticos Muertos

Zombie image from Zombie John McCain for President.

Today is the Day of the Dead (for those of you who celebrate El Día de los Muertos, no offense is intended). The actual holiday has nothing to do with zombies. According to The Museum of New Mexico Foundation:
El Día de los Muertos, held on November 2nd is an important religious holiday in Mexico. Also called All Souls Day, it is an occasion marked by festive celebrations to honor the dead. Cemeteries are cleaned and decorated, special food and candies cooked, and home altars are designed in homage to ones ancestors. It is a day of joyous remembrance, not of sadness. The special songs, poems, foods and Day of the Dead art created for El Día de los Muertos reflect this outlook.
Fusing Halloween, All Soul's Day, and Election Day, one comes up with The Day of the unDead Politicians...

Although it's old news now, among the most infamous of the Zombie McCain genre were those of the prominent professional photographer, Jill Greenberg (example above). Although she has removed most of the doctored images from The Manipulator, the front page (at present) still includes this unflattering portrait from her photo shoot with McCain for The Atlantic.

However, many photographers and artists were highly critical of her defacements, calling them juvenile and unprofessional [e.g, Jill Greenberg vs. John McCain (vs. The Atlantic) from Conscientious - Jörg Colberg's weblog about fine-art photography, and See no evil: How to destroy your photojournalistic credibility in nothing flat from bioephemera - art + biology by Jessica Palmer].

At any rate, whatever you may think of these ghoulish portraits, one thing is certain: if you're an American, GET OUT AND VOTE ON TUE NOV. 4!!

Or else who knows what we may be facing 77 days later...

Zombie John McCain

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At November 03, 2008 3:54 PM, Blogger Neuroskeptic said...

Let's just hope McCain's campaign doesn't rise from the dead tomorrow.

At November 03, 2008 4:19 PM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Agreed! And let's hope there aren't any widespread malfunctions of voting machines, as in last night's Simpsons clip where Homer tries (unsuccessfully) to vote for Barack Obama.


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