The New Yorker magazine has come under fire for its latest cover, which depicts an unflattering photo of a naked President Trump addressing reporters.
The cover photo was obviously aimed at mocking Trump’s appearance and the magazine was criticized after it tweeted an early look at the image. Critics said the image was disgusting and repulsive.
They accused the magazine of body shaming the President and said the fact it was being directed at Trump, who has many critics, still doesn’t make it OK. Even people who dislike Trump commented saying it was inappropriate.
One Twitter user wrote: “I dislike Trump, but they could have done without the body shaming. Especially considering that is a culture we are all trying to get away from.”
Collin Rea tweeted: I get that, but as someone who is VERY Anti-Trump, displaying him as a flesh colored blob is 100% body shaming, and its something that Trump himself would do. We can be better than that.”
“Shame on you for doing this to anybody, not just the president,” a reader replied to the magazine’s tweet.
Conservative commentator Britt McHenry told Fox News that the cover is another sign of “intolerance and mean spirited behavior” from the liberal media.
McHenry said: “Why is his weight relevant? There has been a lot of turbulence within the White House Administration the past couple weeks with high profile people resigning. Focus on what actually matters, if criticism is all the media wants to project.”
According to The New Yorker magazine, the illustration by Barry Blitt “recalls the prophet Bob Dylan, who once noted, in ‘It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),’ that ‘even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked,’ ”
“I wanted to address President Trump’s stormy relationship with the press,” Blitt said.
Art Editor Francoise Mouly wrote that the illustration was selected from a group that included images of school shootings and the death of Stephen Hawking.
“Once the image was selected, Blitt honed the cast and contour of certain love handles, then glazed the work in his signature watercolors,” Mouly wrote.