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Did the 'New York Times' Think the Homophobic Putin and Trump Cartoon Was Funny?

It’s Trump’s favorite newspaper to beat up on — but on Monday, the New York Times found itself the target of a major tongue lashing from queer Twitter users because of a cartoon by Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton featuring real audio of Trump talking about Putin while the two ride unicorns and kiss.

The video is nothing short of bizarre. Trump plays a teenager who has an innocent crush on a bare-chested Putin who visits him in a dream. The whole thing is a little too akin to Fallon combing his fingers through Trump’s hair. I mean, a teenager crushing in a bedroom? Isn’t this the guy who is putting children in literal cages?  

The video is part of a longstanding tradition of homophobic “satire” aimed at the special relationship between Trump and the Russian president. Comedians like Chelsea Handler and Jimmy Kimmel have made queer-bashing jokes about Trump, Putin and attorney general Jeff Sessions and gotten called out by queer comedians, as well. In an interview with Mic, comedian Bowen Yang criticized Handler and Kimmel for their top/bottom jokes about both presidents.

“You don’t have to punch down in order to punch up,” Yang said of the joke. “That’s what this feels like, that she’s making a joke about Jeff Sessions at the expense of queer people.”

Several people on Twitter were not happy about the New York Times cartoon.

Out gay Pennsylvania state representative Brian Sims called the cartoon “intensely stupid” and “homophobic as all hell” in a tweet.

Others pointed out that the Times cartoon was homophobic, as well.

The Times was also the recent subject of queer controversy when it published an op-ed denouncing PrEP as an HIV prevention tool.


Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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