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A Helpful Suggestion by poasterchild A Helpful Suggestion by poasterchild
Please feel free to reproduce without attribution and to disseminate widely, thank you~
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RedSuzanne Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish I could believe that the sentiment is only believed by the 1%. *sigh*
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:iconirlannd:
Did she ever say that?!?
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:icontheghostofelvis:
All the history books say she didn't. She wasn't an educated woman, but I don't think she was really that stupid.

Marie Antoniette wasn't, that is. I can't speak for the 1%.
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:iconmurielleejones:
lol! oh dear, well, said it or not, great poster.
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poasterchild Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks Muriel Lee.
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21Ade Mar 23, 2012  Student Writer
I don't believe she was stupid enough to say that but I know what you mean with politicians. They are that stupid to say that...
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Dravazed Mar 23, 2012
I'm not actually sure whether she said it, but it wouldn't surprise. There are some pretty good recent historical analyses of Antoinette, and she was vilified in great measure because she was a foreigner sitting on the French throne. Sympathetic figure, actually.
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poasterchild Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, as i said below, when thinking about cultural memes and politics, the thing is to pick one that is instantly recognizable to your audience and that carries the connotations your interested in -- in this case, overbearing privilege, arrogance, and indeed the implicit acknowledgement that there could be violence in offing if the peasants get really ticked off and begin to take things personally.

This is why so many devices work well as the basis for these poasters -- Kirstin Dunst, because her expression is priceless, Foghorn Leghorn, because he's known for sounding off, Captain America, because, he's. . .well, he's Captain America. You get it.
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:iconmechatails7218:
Before someone becomes a pedantic ass in the comments here about this: The real Marie Antoinette never said the "let them eat cake" line.

However, the context of this image and the fictional line still applies: The 1%'s lack of empathy and understanding of the 99% is just as bad now as it was prior to the French Revolution.
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poasterchild Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is a true statement. But, you know as well as I that in politics what counts is not historical accuracy, but rather the current cultural relevance of the meme, and as you say, currently, the "let them eat cake" meme is very relevant.
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