No, it wasn’t a subversive fundraising drive for the upcoming presidential campaign. The cash in question went to Utah artist Jon McNaughton, who confirmed to EW that Fox News pundit Sean Hannity bought one of three originals of “One Nation Under Socialism” (pictured, right). While the amount Hannity paid wasn’t disclosed, McNaughton’s reported asking price was $300,000.
The conservative painter, who appeared on Hannity last month, has been known to criticize the president in his work, including a national debt-themed piece called “Wake Up America” and a six-foot creation called “The Forgotten Man” that shows Obama standing on the Constitution as he turns his back on both the Founding Fathers and the downtrodden Average Joe.
“I’m a very unconventional artist,” McNaughton told EW. “Those in art circles in New York and other in-the-know people really do not like my paintings. They go to great lengths to criticize them, but I think that 100 years from now when people look back on our time in history, some of these paintings are going to resurface as how the right felt about what was happening.”
Indeed, in his description of “One Nation Under Socialism,” McNaughton names Obama as a Constitution-compromising purveyor of socialism — “an ideology, which will lead to the destruction of America.” He concludes, “At this very moment, our Constitution is literally [sic] going up in flames. What will you do to preserve the Constitution and save America?”
While this is an important question, we at PopWatch have another one: Where should Hannity hang his new artwork?
While Hannity did not respond to EW’s request for comment, we have a few suggestions: The kitchen is an obvious choice, what with the presence of open flames and all. Likewise, over the mantel has a classic appeal, since that’s the prime spot for artwork in homes nationwide. But would Hannity want to have a nightcap while staring into the face of his sworn enemy?
Perhaps Hannity will skip to the loo to hang his painting — it would have a certain poetry considering Hannity’s feelings about where the nation is going under Obama’s watch. Then again, this painting is a little too big for a bathroom. My vote goes to the rumpus room. If you’re going to display an indictment of the leader of the free world, why not put it in a playful context?
What do you think, PopWatchers?