The controversy over Russian cyberattacks in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential elections and the resulting sanctions imposed as a result have not been well-received by some racist social media users in Russia. On Thursday, after President Obama announced that the sanctions would include the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closure of two Russian embassies in the United States, he became the target of disgustingly racist, homophobic, and downright gross memes by those who took issue with his actions.
Of course, the old and worn-out racist joke comparing a person of color to an animal, and specifically any kind of monkey, was featured in memes circulated on social media.
Racists never seem to grow tired of the monkey comparisons. In this one, President Obama is asking Putin “How do we make you scared of our sanctions?” to which Putin responds, “No way. Do you want a banana?”
Some of the comparisons were even more blatant, including this cliche image of the leader of the free world as a monkey, captioned “What new stunts can I pull?”
As if the blatant racism wasn’t enough, some of the memes crossed over into homophobia and transphobia, as well, such as an image of President Obama edited to include makeup, earrings, and a rainbow flag pin to insinuate that he is gay. Of course, having a gay or transgender president would be so much worse than having one who has reporters and political opponents killed, right?
Even when bigotry wasn’t the featured sentiment behind the meme, some of them still managed to be simply vulgar. In the following image, Obama is depicted as saying “Well, I can defecate on the table before I leave.”
Following in the footsteps of their far-right counterparts in the United States, racist Russians opposed to the current U.S. administration find it necessary to attack President Obama’s race each time they disagree with his policies. Is it any wonder the GOP recently gave a former KGB agent a higher approval rating than a U.S. president who happens to be a man of color if this is what the KGB agent inspires in his supporters?
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