An animated cartoon posted by New York Times Opinion portraying Donald Trump in a gay romance with Vladimir Putin has been met with overwhelming backlash online. After posting the video on Twitter, the outlet received almost universal criticism from followers hammering its “embarrassing” and “homophobic” content.
The one-minute video depicts President Trump in a gay romance with Russian President Putin, a popular meme among progressives despite their general condemnation of such overtly homophobic smears. After getting himself ready, a portrait of a shirtless Putin in the background, Trump opens the door to reveal Putin, still bare-chested. The couple ride together in a car; when they begin to hold hands, the car transforms into a unicorn. Eventually the two leaders kiss, their tongues wrapping around each other:
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) 16 July 2018
Below are the first dozen responses; among them, the only partial defense of the Times is one person pointing out that the video was published by NYT Opinion, which didn’t change the tenor of the almost universal condemnation:
This is why the New York Times is known as the “Failing New York Times.”
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) 16 July 2018
Oh look a shark! Let’s jump over it! #WalkAway from homophobic media
— Dick Pic (@Kootice) 16 July 2018
Wow. Can you imagine what the outcry would be if Fox, or the Weekly Standard or any other media outlet had done a similar piece on Obama (who likely has had a penis in his mouth at some point in his life). Simply incredible how childishly seditious liberalism has become. pic.twitter.com/ODRXLgLlVa
— Paul M Winters (@RealPaulWinters) 16 July 2018
— Vote Republican 2018 (@LucyAmerican1) 16 July 2018
It’s from the Opinion Page. There is a genuine distinction.
— DemoDisping (@demodisping) 16 July 2018
The vast majority of the reaction continues to be extremely negative.