Hillary Rodham Clinton, as youve never seen her, on the cover of this Sunday's NYT Magazine pic.twitter.com/QIsqibZaq5— David Joachim, NYT (@davidjoachim) January 23, 2014
Hillary Clinton is on the forthcoming cover of The New York Times Magazine.
That's not surprising. Just last week, Clinton, a possible 2016 presidential candidate and early favorite to win the Democratic nomination, was the subject of Time magazine's cover. The headline: "Can anyone stop Hillary?"
The Times' magazine, though, took an odd approach with its cover, depicting the former first lady and secretary of state as a planet — sending the Twittersphere into a tizzy and meme production into overdrive.
"Is this a joke?" Politico's Ben White tweeted.
"Nope," the Times' David Joachim replied. "No joke. That’s the cover."
The magazine will be published on Sunday. The Times' Arem Duplessis explained the thought process behind the cover in a blog post:
When we created the cover of this Sunday’s magazine to accompany Amy Chozick’s article about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s influence on the various people within her political universe, the immediate idea that came to mind was Clinton’s face embedded on a planet similar to the man-in-the-moon image from the 1902 silent film 'Le Voyage Dans la Lune.'
"It’s as if Yes and David Lynch did quaaludes and had a lovechild," The Blaze's Becket Adams tweeted.
The National Review's Johah Goldberg likened the image of Clinton to a "Conehead."
Chris Carlon tweeted an image of Miley Cyrus swinging on top of Planet Clinton as it serves as the pop star's personal "Wrecking Ball."
Miley and Hillary on NYT Mag cover. how weird pic.twitter.com/OxsGxVMUtK— Chris Carlon (@christofear) January 23, 2014
The Atlantic Wire produced Hillary Bieber, a mashup of Planet Clinton and Justin Bieber's mugshot released on Thursday by police in Miami.
"This has the benefit of mashing up with today's other major meme," the Atlantic wrote. "Two memes! No waiting!"
"If this is an indicator of the bizarre shenanigans in store for the 2016 election cycle, then we’re pretty excited," Time's Samantha Grossman wrote. "Very, very confused, but also excited."