Time Magazine was forced to respond to speculation that its Person of the Year edition featured President-elect Donald Trump with horns.
Trump, who was named Person of the Year by Time this week, was featured on the cover, right below the Time branding. Discussion on the edition quickly turned to the positioning of Trump on the cover.
“Are those devil horns?” several users asked on Twitter.
After that, more people called out the publication for placing Trump’s head directly beneath the “M” in “TIME.”
did they … wait … are those … devil horns? pic.twitter.com/LgittWyTEa
— Mike, but furious (@mikerugnetta) December 7, 2016
“Time cover, the odds that those Devil Horns are accidental: 0%,” wrote another person.
Time, in a response posted online, denied the allegations, saying that some three-dozen of its covers have been subjected the same speculation.
“There was some hubbub online Wednesday over TIME’s new Person of the Year cover, which appeared to show Donald Trump sporting a set of horns (This sort of thing has happened before),” Time wrote in a statement on Thursday morning.
Time said that due to the location of the “M” in its name on the magazine, many figures’ heads have appeared with extra features.
“Donald Trump joins Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, one large animal and many others who have appeared on the magazine’s front with the eyebrow raising features,” it said.
“It’s happened to Hillary Clinton at least twice. It’s happened to Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, too,” the magazine noted.
Time Magazine does it again. Horns. On Hillary. They did it to the Pope, Putin, & Bill Clinton previously. pic.twitter.com/D1ZrnKZpNB
— Roberta Jasina (@Robertanews) March 13, 2015
The Trump TIME cover also seems to be another ‘Devil’s horns’ cover.
(look at the M, Trump’s horns seem way bigger, of course) pic.twitter.com/lIcA9kpOVK
— Shivam (@GhantaGuy) December 7, 2016
— America First