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For most Americans, yesterday’s summit between POTUS Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland was an embarrassing and terrifying affair. In front of the entire world, Trump sided with Putin and Russia over his own intelligence agencies and the people of the United States by not pushing back on Putin’s denials about hacking the 2016 election and blaming “both countries” for the icy state of Russia-U.S. relations. No, Mr. President, Russia is to blame for your current relations because they hacked your democratic election. 

Anyway, lots of disappointment in the American leader.

The meeting and subsequent press conference — during which Trump perfectly demonstrated how to stand upright while lacking a backbone — had people wondering what Putin has on the president to get him to do his bidding (i.e. blow up relations with Western allies and let Russia off the hook for multiple attacks on American democracy). There was more speculation about Putin having a “pee tape” among other theories about potential money laundering or shady loans Russia might be holding over the president’s head. The general consensus among critics (and even some members of the Republican party) is that Putin has dirt on Trump and that is why POTUS refuses to stand up to the corrupt leader.

While that theory and its various offshoots are very plausible, there were some publications that took speculation a bridge too far by implying — and sometimes outright saying — that the Trump/Putin relationship has a sexual component. Most notably, the New York Times opinion section released a fully animated video of the two “lovers.”

That video is just one of many jokes that people are calling out as homophobic and reductive. The message these jokes send is that it is an insult to these leaders to be called gay and that homosexuality is a hilarious punchline. What’s more, Russia is a dangerous place for members of the LGBTQ community; there is no same-sex marriage or even civil union in the country and Putin himself actively works to suppress LGBTQ rights, freedoms and circulation of information. What’s being framed as a joke here in North America is an actual dangerous reality to many Russians.

Not to mention, gay jokes are just super lazy, guys.

In the past day there have been several opinion pieces penned on the subject, also addressing what these jokes say about how society views masculinity and who is really hurt when a homophobic joke is made (hint: it’s not the subjects, it’s the community represented).

In conclusion: there are many, many, many other jokes to be made. Don’t make the homophobic ones.