Design by Chris Ayers
There is an actual living pop singer named Johnny Gentle whose claim to fame was that he once had The Beatles as his backing band before they went on to become famous. The physical description of President Johnny Gentle is very much like the photos of the real Johnny Gentle that I found and I began to suspect that it was more than a coincidence. Johnny Gentle website
The Johnny Gentle of Infinite Jest is described as a handsome and charismatic former lounge singer, “the first U.S. President to ever swing his microphone around by the cord during his Inauguration Speech………managing somehow to look presidential in a Fukoama microfiltration mask…” President Gentle is a hygiene freak and germophobe and his affiliation with the Clean U.S. Party (C.U.S.P.) reflects this and defines his platform. While it’s probably unrealistic, I decided to depict Gentle in his filtration mask in the campaign poster.
I briefly considered creating a Rush Limbaugh campaign poster, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that, even as a joke.