Donald Trump’s TIME magazine cover has caused a stir online, as people noticed something strange about the picture of the president-elect.
The cover, announcing Trump as Person of the Year, got many social media users fired up, as they noticed the future president appeared to have sprouted horns.
Horns. They gave him horns. pic.twitter.com/f7lnL0qOkA
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 7, 2016
— 5 Minute Movie Guy (@5minutemovieguy) December 7, 2016
Kudos to the designer who made the "M" look like devil horns. We will send you care packages after Trump throws you in prison. pic.twitter.com/jsqKxC8IOq
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) December 7, 2016
Many people felt the magazine was portraying Trump as Satan himself.
it lines up perfectly, they had to have done that on purpose pic.twitter.com/a8MAfIWwVc
— Jason in the Wild (@JasonInTheWild) December 7, 2016
One person pointed out that Time Inc. provided Trump with both the horns and a halo on its covers of TIME and People magazine.
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) December 7, 2016
Not everyone was convinced the ‘M’ represented horns.
they look more like the ears of a fat cat, but surely it's just a bit of fun.
— A. K. McIntyre (@ABasho2013) December 8, 2016
I interpreted the 'M' has a double dunce cap.
— Jasmine NoDramaMama (@jasmineweidenb1) December 7, 2016
TIME responded to the online heat by pointing to other covers where the ‘M’ in TIME was behind the subject’s head.
Not the first horny president-elect. pic.twitter.com/y8zVRstmkc
— Jane Eagle (@WhoisJaneGalt) December 7, 2016
Guys this Time cover is like the least well they’ve given anyone horns ever pic.twitter.com/kwJMb921zA
— Jaime Green (@jaimealyse) December 7, 2016
“Given the shape of the letter ‘M’ in the magazine’s name and its location on the cover, many other subjects in the past have also appeared to sprout extra features,” it said. “It’s happened to Hillary Clinton at least twice. It’s happened to Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, too.”
The magazine even compiled a slideshow of its other devilish cover stars, which included a lot of images of various popes appearing to sport the horns.
yeah, in 2013 they did it to Pope Francis, though he had small ones 🙂 pic.twitter.com/fVsf6iPUVI
— Max Smolev (@bugabuga) December 7, 2016
Many on social media drew comparisons between Trump’s TIME cover and Adolf Hitler’s own one from 1941. Hitler also won the Person of the Year in 1938.
— Andrew Yule (@Europa_Awake) December 7, 2016
— The Scamper (@TheScamper) December 8, 2016
Some social media users were inspired to create their own TIME covers.
— Rob Doyle // Caricaturist (@robdoylecouk) December 7, 2016