The New York Times posted a truly bizarre animated short film yesterday on Twitter that was offensive to most people, but for totally different reasons. Some people were offended because it was two world leaders depicted as homosexual lovers, where other people were offended because homosexuality itself was used as the “punch line”. It’s clear this cartoon was not received well by many, and certainly insulted more than it impressed.
The overtly sexual short film, animated by two-time Academy Award-nominated Bill Plympton, was released last month and titled Trump and Putin: A Love Story. NYT Opinion tweeted the cartoon to their 600,000 followers under the caption: “In this episode of Trump Bites, Donald Trump’s not-so-secret admiration for Putin plays out in a teenager’s bedroom where the fantasies of this forbidden romance come to life.”
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
The animated short film NYT Opinion posted is part two of a three-part series titled “Trump Bites” where real audio clips of President Trump are used to depict what Plympton refers to as “animated fantasies”. Just eight days ago, a Kickstarter campaign was created to raise money towards Plympton’s dream of making “at least a dozen more” short animated films that would be added onto the series. The goal set was $60,000 for 3 more episodes, at the cost of $20,000 per cartoon, citing on the Kickstarter page that “Hand-drawn animation is not cheap” and “due to the sensitive nature of the content, our legal and insurance fees are substantial.” Neil Rosini has been hired on as lawyer for Plympton and his team in preparation for possibly being sued. Eight days into the campaign, and already $33,000 has been raised towards their $60,000 goal to create more in the “Trump Bites” series.
According to the Kickstarter page, other proposed cartoons for future episodes include:
“I would love to be a well-educated black…” Trump experiences the perks of being a black male in America.
“The medical deferment is feet…” What exactly was the problem with Trump’s feet that sidelined him during the Vietnam War? We take you inside the exam room.
“We had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake…” Presidents Trump and Xi frolic in a chocolate dreamscape while missiles fly to “Iraq… I mean Syria.”
The Times’ tweet was absolutely roasted in the comments from followers and those who heard about the disgusting cartoon and wanted to share their thoughts by calling it, “homophobic trash, obscene, garbage, and tasteless.”
The majority who left comments under the NYT Opinion post were baffled that they would attach their name to something as vile as this, with some noting that the homosexual community found it offensive to their cause.
The left want so badly to tarnish the historic meeting between Trump and Putin on Monday that they’re willing to throw an entire community they support under the bus.
LGBTQ activist Brian Sims commented, ““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?”
Chris Barron, a conservative strategist and key organizer of LGBT for Trump told Fox News that the cartoon is “a disgusting new low” for the New York Times. “Whenever the left wants to lampoon someone on the right they always play the gay card. This is exactly what they think of gay people – that our lives and our relationships are jokes. Something deserving of ridicule and scorn,” Barron said. “Most middle school children behave better than this.”
Curtis Houck, NewsBusters managing editor told Fox News that he doesn’t think the cartoon would have been acceptable during the previous administration, “If someone had done this with Barack Obama and any other male world leader, the calls of homophobia would be overwhelming.” Houck added that the animation was an example of “the lengths to which the media will go to show the public how far advances their cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome are.”
Even the extremely liberal site Vox.com was critical of the Times for the obscene cartoon. German Lopez from a Vox article from July 16th:
“The attempts at humor last year led Andrew Kahn at Slate to warn liberals to stop resorting to such homophobic jokes to attempt to mock Trump and Putin’s apparent camaraderie. Yet these jokes keep popping up, as demonstrated by the Times’s video.
The only way these jokes work is by demeaning gay people and reducing being gay to a punchline. The underlying implication here is that gay relationships are somehow extra funny — that Trump engaging in sexual acts with Putin is hilarious because it’s gay, and that Trump is lowering himself by submitting to sexual acts with another man.
In situations in which liberals are deliberately trying to find ways to insult Trump, it’s telling that they resort to suggesting Trump is engaging in sexual acts with another man. The suggestion is that the worst thing that could happen for these men is for them to engage in homosexual acts together, as if that devalues them as men, makes them submissive, or emasculates them.”
[End of Vox.com passage]
What can we take away from this stunt? The left is willing to exploit an entire community they normally would support if it’s in the name of hating our commander and chief, President of the United States, Donald Trump.
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