The New York Times has come under fire for an animation which depicts Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as lover. Many have taken to social media to declare the cartoon homophobic. Have a look at the video - what do you think?
In this episode of Trump Bites, Donald Trump’s not-so-secret admiration for Vladimir Putin plays out in a teenager’s bedroom, where the fantasies of this forbidden romance come to life. https://t.co/cWeQMuzWUz pic.twitter.com/4shBRkloot— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) July 16, 2018
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter users whio feel that the video is hompphobic...
I think of the resources that went into animating this tired and offensive joke — it took 11 people to make this video. That would have been so much better spent on highlighting unsung queer heroes or even some kind of satire about how dangerous Russia is for LGBTQ folks.— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) July 16, 2018
I feel there is more then enough hate to go around.. there was clear intent to be offensive here.— David (@deplorable801) July 17, 2018
@nytimes this isn’t just intensely stupid it’s homophobic as all hell. What on Earth makes you think that equating the love that millions of people across the planet feel for one another to the unconscionably criminal relationship between these two is OK?!? Truly, please explain.— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) July 16, 2018
While other disagree...
Brian, my perception is likely skewed, but this doesn’t strike me as homophobic. Rather, it strikes me as appeasement- or treason-phobic. That they are portrayed as gay doesn’t alone make it pejorative animation. The pejorative is Trump’s fealty to and public fawning over Putin.— Todd Breasseale (@TBreassealeDHS) July 17, 2018
I truly #LOVE this animation. Love it more than any #LGBTQ person could love another LGBTQ person. It's really made my day. #loveislove Is it not OK for the #POTUS to love another man? And not just any man.. a man that is one of the most #Homophobic leaders in the world today?? pic.twitter.com/nB0b3eOQhP— S-Man (@StevieFortune) July 17, 2018
Hmm. What do you think? An affront to gay people around the world by using homosexuality as the punchline of a joke - or a witty piece of satire?
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