No stranger to controversy, Time Magazine is sparking debate again with their most recent cover, an eerie combination of Trump's and Putin’s faces, the magazine’s response to the former’s desire for a summit with the Russian president.
The cover image aims to reflect the recent solidarity between the two leaders and represents “this particular moment in US foreign policy,” according to the magazine. Commenting further, TIME said:
Trump’s puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained. To represent that conflict, [Cover Designer] Burson merged the faces of Trump and Putin into a still image and video which morphs between the shifting appearances of the two world leaders.
Alongside the announcement, the publication tweeted a video showing the morph between the two leaders’ faces, accompanied by the tagline: "Trump wanted a summit with Putin. He got way more than he bargained for."
Naturally, the Twittersphere had plenty of opinions to offer, with users calling it “creepy,” referring to it as a “nightmare factory,” and claiming it can “never be unseen.”
The cover’s release follows Trump standing beside Putin and refusing to acknowledge Russia’s alleged involvement in tampering with America's 2016 election, before claiming he had misspoken and actually meant the opposite of his original statement.
The cover image will appear on the magazine’s July 30, 2018 issue and is the work of Visual Artist Nancy Burson.
Digital imaging by John Depew.