October 16th, 2012 "It's The Underwear, Stupid!"
by Taco Werewolf
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18"x24" acrylic painting on canvas board
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First of all, I'd like to say that I think Mormonism is a great religion. I've always admired the dedication and courage of Mormons as they knock on people's doors (they've knocked on mine many times in the past) proselytizing in the name of their faith; respected their missionary work; and I've always found their beliefs regarding American exceptionalism and Jesus' appearance in America shortly after his resurrection an interesting and great addition to the history of Christianity. Vincent Price is one of my favorite actors and I loved his portrayal of Mormonism founder, Joseph Smith, in the excellent and educational 1940 film about Mormonism's beginnings, Brigham Young. Mormons do alot of volunteering in the free community kitchens in the town I live in. I've had to rely on these places to eat many times during this latest recession and am grateful for the Mormons' help (ironically, many Mormons do seem to care about the 47% of Americans who "mooch" off free eating places like this, people whom Mitt Romney says he doesn't care about).
I also think Mormons' "magic" underwear is awesome and my intention with this art is by no means to single out the sacred temple undergarments Mormons in general wear (as a reminder of their Covenant with God and to protect them from temptation to sin, from what I understand, aka, "magic") as being any "sillier" or "funnier" or "weirder" than anyone else's underwear. Ever since I was a child I've always found EVERYONE'S underwear amusing, and with this year's election, having already started my "Obama Taco Underwear"
painting series back in 2008, it was only natural that, with a Mormon being the Republican nominee in 2012, I would want to do a series of paintings with MAGIC MORMON UNDERWEAR being an essential part of the focus. It just seemed like a natural progression and my purpose is not to denounce, denigrate or discredit Mormonism in any way. In short, I respect Mormonism and this is all meant in fun.
Having said that, I've noticed that Mitt Romney has not really talked about his Mormon faith very much and I don't believe he has talked about his magic underwear AT ALL. Personally I think this is a great disservice to the American people and I wanted to make this painting to express my concerns. I have no problem with Mormon Magic Underwear in general. I think it is cool, but this is the President of the United States we are talking about. Shouldn't he be wearing nice soft, comfortable, cotton tighty-whitie underwear briefs? Something that any American with a few bucks can buy at a local K-Mart and not--as is the case with Mormon Magic Underwear--have to put in some secret Mormon code when you buy them online or use some Freemason secret society handshake when you buy them in person? The idea of the President of the United Sates making decisions regarding things like sending young Americans off to war, cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits and holding meetings with foreign dignitaries while wearing MAGIC UNDERWEAR seems a little strange doesn't it? If not a tad WEIRD? Just an observation and a little food for thought, that's all, in case you are still an undecided voter and need that one last factor to steer you toward one candidate or the other.
Oh, and in a sudden burst of inspiration I decided that including an orange John Boehner wearing a purple bra and panties would be a nice transgender touch to the tighty-whitie, temple undergarment and taco-filled tableau.
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