Though some may believe Donald Trump is the devil, social media is questioning whether Time was hinting at the comparison when the magazine created its 2016 “Person of the Year” cover.
Time unsurprisingly selected Trump has the year’s most impactful person, and the choice quickly shifted to how the cover was created. The Time logo was placed under Trump with the “M” landing just beneath his head so it appears that he has “devil horn,” according to several social media users.
Time has named Donald Trump as their Person of the Year for 2016. Some people think the M behind his head looks like devil horns though 🙂 pic.twitter.com/elDu5AEefW
— ENERGY 106 FM (@energy106fm) December 7, 2016
Notice the devil horns on Trump’s head? I’m sure Time Magazine purposely made their “M” appear as devil horns to warn us of this maniac. pic.twitter.com/uR1ttvmT4J
— Guillaume Lemay (@guillaumelemay) December 7, 2016
— Chris Marion (@CMarionPhoto) December 7, 2016
— Jorge Morales (@jorgemlg) December 7, 2016
Donald Trump is Time magazine person of the year. Are those subliminal devil horns or Bugs Bunny rabbit ears? pic.twitter.com/kJv2otTNtL
— John Kilbride (@karnag) December 7, 2016
A Twitter user pointed out that Time also did the same with Putin on its 2007 Person of the Year cover — one it’s most controversial choices.
2. TIME only does this when they want the ‘M’ to look like Devil Horns! They never do it to Obama! pic.twitter.com/nMNHOCFzPM
— WallyVon (@VonWally) December 7, 2016
But the magazine, facing the devil horn acusation more than once in the past, including for the pope, pointed out in a 2015 online post that it’s not playing politics and the horns are not deliberate:
There was some hubbub online Thursday over TIME’s latest cover, which appeared to show Hillary Clinton sporting a set of horns. (This sort of thing has happened before.) 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 (in fact this happened to Hillary Clinton at least once before. Same goes for Bill Clinton. George W. Bush too). Check out everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Pope Francis to Jesus to Darth Vader who have received the rough end of TIME’s “horns.” Any resemblance to cats, bats or devil horns is entirely coincidental.
— Lisa Graas ن (@CatholicLisa) August 1, 2013