Freedom of Speech (Norman Rockwell Painting)

Freedom of Speech (Norman Rockwell Painting)

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Freedom Of Speech is a painting by Norman Rockwell that is used as an exploitable image macro in memes to signify announcing a controversial yet humorous opinion under the guise of exercising one's freedom of speech in the United States. The earliest known use of the image as an image macro meme was on Twitter in December 2020.


Freedom of Speech (seen below, left) is the first in a series of paintings called Four Freedoms (seen below, right), painted by Norman Rockwell and first published on February 20th, 1943.[1]

NORMAN ROCKWELL Freedom of Speech Pads & Jerk Four Freedoms Freedom of Speech CH ACCORDING OF HIS OWN Freedom of Worship Freedom from Want Freedom from Fear Four canvas series displayed by date of publication

Early instances of the painting being altered in a manner than can be considered humorous or memetic can be accessed via inactive links from 2008 displayed on TinEye (seen below, left),[2] and a July 2017 Facebook campaign by a Berkshire artist named Mark Tomasi (seen below, right).[3] search.asp - First found on Aug 2, 2008 userquotes.asp - First found on Aug 8, 2008 Filename: 124317j0Qn_small.jpg (150 x 202, 11 kB) search.asp - First found on Aug 3, 2008 Filename: 151283otWS_small.jpg (150 x 197, 10.5 kB) TOMW HAN SOLO WAS HERE |||| AL REPORT TOWN NORMAN ROCKWEL. L ONT 50/


The earliest known viral instance of the image being used to signify announcing a humorous controversial opinion was posted to Twitter on December 10th, 2020, by Twitter[4] user @nintendoesnt, gathering over 10,000 likes in two years (seen below, left). On December 18th, 2022, Twitter[5] user @ManletThorin posted the image and gathered over 2,000 likes in two weeks (seen below, right).

baby jeff @nintendoesnt at the dsa meeting about to announce the first polyamorous slur 11:04 AM - Dec 10, 2020 REPORT TOWN NORMAN ROCKWELL Manlet Thorin @ManletThorin A shrimp did not fry that rice! 11:02 PM. Dec 18, 2022 REPORT TOWN NORMAN ROCKWELL

On December 3rd, 2022, an anonymous user posted the image to the 4chan's /pol/ (seen below).[6]

View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace +1670040542508792.jpg, 982KiB, 1568x1841 /pol/ Anonymous ID: ZmZGL6rC Sat 03 Dec 2022 06:49:55 No.406909041 View Report >>406907063 lol, based. Anon, this is a great start. I think what might go down even better would be to frame the message as if it's written by and for liberals. Something like: FIGHT HATE Did you know? In contrast to rapper Kanye West's recent comments, only 46% of senior executive positions in the media industry are held by Jewish people At some companies like [images] that number is a bit higher, but still, a whopping 20% of the executive positions are held by non-Jews That way normies will read it thinking they're not looking at wrongthink, maybe some turbo NPCs will even re-tweet it as if it's evidence that Jews don't control the media

On December 14th, 2022, Twitter[7] user @kevin_bowen posted a version of the meme, gathering over 40 likes in a month (seen below, left). On December 16th, 2022, Twitter[8] user @daphnaiad posted a version of the meme, gathering over 100 likes in nearly a month (seen below, right).

Kevin @kevin_bowen . Dec 14, 2022 "Tiddys and ass are both good. Anyone trying to make you choose one over the other is just trying to divide us" NORMAN ROCKWELL Daphnaiad @daphnaiad loner moment UOH CEO of Fate Alter, tournament winner arc-10:56 PM UOH Starting Timer-10:56 PM UOH Iku-10:56 PM Mirco bikini Loner, C.E.O. of 2 (CR: Mushoku Tensel Vol. 19)-10:56 PM UOH ♡... CEO of correcting Shion-10:57 PM UOH Tsunderal 10:57 PM 3:00 PM Dec 16, 2022 .

Various Examples

ALEX @Alexndur. Nov 7, 2022 Replying to @Poptropica When is Poptropica 2 coming out? Also add thicc characters, I'm an adult now. NMO NORMAN ROCKWELL Italo @ItalOnft. Dec 31, 2022 Avatar 2 was good. NORMAN ROCKWELL 64 Marc Andreessen ✔ @pmarca - Nov 28, 2022 . "We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression-everywhere in the world." --FDR ht 2,013 Susan Groff @SusanGroff1 Replying to @pmarca 9,108 69.1K ↑ ... NORMAN ROCKWELI
Maréchal Lannes @_JeanLannes Fixing the "missing middle" problem is a more achievable and pragmatic goal for fixing urban sprawl than high-rises and skyscrapers. 5:53 PM - Dec 4, 2022 REPORT NMC NORMAN ROCKWELL James Teresa @meta_nomad "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is still the best in the entire franchise." 4:52 PM - Dec 20, 2022 REPORT TOWN NORMAN ROCKWELL Comfy Dystop @DystopiaPro69 "Norman Rockwell paintings sucks." 5:34 PM. Jan 3, 2023 REPORT TOWY *** NORMAN ROCKWELL

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External References

[1] Wikipedia – Freedom Of Speech

[2] TinEye – Reverse Image Search

[3] Facebook – Mark Tomasi

[4]  Twitter – nintendoesnt

[5] Twitter – ManletThorin

[6] 4chan – /pol/

[7] Twitter – kevin_bowen

[8] Twitter – daphnaiad

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