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An image of Putin and Trump kissing isn’t funny. It’s homophobic | Lee Hurley

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This ‘joke’ sends the message that being gay is something to be ashamed of, with horrible effects for actual queer people With both eyes closed and one hand gently caressing the face of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump leans in for a passionate kiss with the object of his obsessive affections. It’s a hilarious image, right? Two men who imperil the lives of queer people on a daily basis would hate to be seen as gay. It’s their biggest fear, so it’s funny to pretend they are gay to annoy them. Genius. It can’t be homophobic to imply that Putin and Trump are “gay for each other”, we’re told, because the people making the “joke” are woke lefties who simply adore us queers. Heck, they even have some of us round for tapas in the summer. This is an ally action – we’ve got your back, Jack. Can I just say: if this is how you’re going to go about it, it’s better that you didn’t.
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