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THE 9-11 POP CULTURE REPOSITORY
DIGITAL EPHEMERA (DISPOSABLE MATERIALS):
OSAMA BIN LADEN

Page 1: "Animalistic"

In these graphics, the warload is considered less than human and deviant.
Bin Laden and camel wife Bin Laden talks
In a parody of celebrity news reporting and gossip, Osama bin Laden is shown marrying a camel. This graphic implies that he practices bestiality -- sex with animals -- and also carries the common Middle Eastern image of the camel. A further American stereotype that Middle Eastern men wear "towels" on their heads is shown with the Hilton label on his turban. The image at right shows the original bin Laden picture that was digitally altered.


Bin Laden as a baby? In this image, bin Laden's head has been placed on the body of a baby chimpanzee. Here the artist is implying that bin Laden was born a base creature, not even human, but some kind of animal without sensitivity toward others.


Bin Laden and supposed mother Here a photograph of some blue ribbon winner at a state or county fair has been altered to be Osama bin Laden with his "mother." Motherhood in American culture is held in high esteem, and it is a low blow to say she is a pig. Another dimension that would be interesting is if the artist of this image knew that Muslims consider pigs unclean anyway and do not eat pork.

TO BIN LADEN EPHEMERA, PART 2

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