Shithole

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The above image is my editorial change for the cover of the New Yorker. 

I hate to criticize any artist, especially the great Anthony Russo, but this comes down to the editing of the image and the decisions behind it. Yes, it is perfectly minimalist in every way. I love the image, I love the use of space to show the diminishment of the president and the literal hole in which he resides.

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But here's the thing. The fucking hole has to be brown.

I already know I am wrong. I apologize. But, dammit, the hole HAS TO BE BROWN.

I don't know why this bothered me when I saw it. And, immediately, I second guessed myself. If the artist intended a minimalistic approach, then black and white should remain that way. In this case, the yellowing of Trump's fake hair - rendered tan here - meant that color needs to be present.

Hence, the goddamned hole is brown.