New York Times Runs Cartoon Depicting Trump, Putin as Gay Lovers

Image by Bill Plympton / @plymptoons Twitter
July 16, 2018

In a cartoon published and boosted by The New York Times, President Donald Trump fantasizes about having a gay relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

"In Episode Two of 'Trump Bites...' Mr. Trump’s not-so-secret admiration for President Vladimir Putin of Russia plays out in a teenager’s bedroom, where the fantasies of this forbidden romance come to life," reads the Times description.

The video was created by Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton and set to audio clips of Trump praising Putin. In the video, a shirtless Trump flies on a unicorn with buff, shirtless Putin in front of a backdrop of rainbows. Trump plays with Putin's nipples before they comically and graphically make out.

The video ends with the revelation that it was all a fantasy in Trump's head, as he fires a gun into his television screen over audio of Trump defending Putin's murder of journalists.

The cartoon was published in June as the second of three videos, but went largely unnoticed until the Times' Opinion Twitter account tweeted it out Monday.

The cartoon was promptly criticized by conservative pundits and reporters, who labeled the cartoon homophobic.