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#AbbottsolutelyHopeless: The anti-Abbott poster goes viral

The iconic image of hope that sprang up during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign has taken on new meaning as a Sydney activist and graphic designer gives the image a makeover and puts Tony Abbott in the spotlight.

It was an image of leadership, new direction and strength during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, but the iconic blue and red pop imagery has been pumped with new meaning.

Graphic designer, Michael Agzarian, has put his money where his mouth is and has spent more than $3,000 of his own cash to create and erect an image of Tony Abbott, paying homage to Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster, on the streets of Sydney.

The image is of Tony Abbott, with the word “Hopeless” beneath it instead of “Hope”, which the original Obama poster featured.

The idea sprang forth from Agzarian’s Wagga Wagga studio, from which he created the website,, revealing to BuzzFeed that he finds Prime Minister Tony Abbott “aloof and out of touch.”

“Our poster depicts the grim situation Australia finds itself in with Tony Abbott as Prime Minister leading an equally inept and uncaring ministry,” the AbbottsolutelyNot website says. “We want more posters up around Sydney and other major cities like Canberra and Melbourne.”

Here’s how the public has reacted to the posters so far:

It looks like many want to get a good snap of the poster:

And now selfies with Tony Abbott are set to be all the rage:
But is anyone against the “Hopeless” poster? Among all the Tony Abbott-inspired hashtags, which are things like #TonyAbbottIsAD***, #TonyAbbotSucks and #TonyAbbottIsOver, there are a few supportive people.

Actually, we could only find one:

The rest of the posts about Tony Abbott were more like this:
What do you think about the poster? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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