A set of portraits of American Olympians taken for Getty and AFP at the USOC media summit by Joe Klamar has generated negative feelings due to an “amateur” and “shoddy” look that some think was intentional.
Klamar incorporated different lighting, offbeat poses and exposed sets – all of which created images so unflattering to the American athletes that only someone with the same left-wing agenda as Klamar could even attempt a coherent explanation, let alone defense, of this latest example of left-wingers injecting their political views where they do not belong.
But there is no area of life that is off-bounds to the left and this is yet another example of innocent people being exploited by a left-wing agenda.
Athletes who have dedicated their lives to becoming the best athletes in the world, and who in good faith agreed to have their portraits taken, were instead turned into pawn.
Of course there were some defenders. Michael Shaw writes on Bag News “…I think this subset of photos also take a silent sledgehammer to the jingoistic adulation of the American team, to the extent these athletes serve as a fantasy extension of the dying dream of American worldwide superiority.”
Funny that Europe’s rabid fanaticism over their countries’ soccer teams – often accompanied by riots in the stands – is not described as “jingoistic adulation”.
The reality is that this arrogant, narcissistic and left-wing photographer intentionally did the exact opposite of what he was supposed to do: instead of making these world-class athletes look the best he possibly could, he made them look as bad as he possibly could.
Beyond the moral implications of taking advantage of other people’s trust, there is something instructive that this narcissist has accomplished. He has given us, in a microcosm, an example of the warped prism through which the left views life.
Instead of seeing the strong, proud, accomplished and dedicated athletes these Americans are, Kramer saw them in the same warped and pathetic vision that the left views America, and he portrayed them as such.
So it should come as no surprise that when viewing America, instead of seeing the greatest, freest, strongest, most prosperous and opportunity filled country in the world, and the country that has done more to help other countries and people around the world than any other country in human history – instead of seeing America as all this, the left sees exactly what Michael Shaw described; a dying pathetic country who’s worldwide superiority was just a “dream”.
And then they portray it as such.