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28th of May 2017


Mad magazine slams Time for ripping off White House-St. Basil’s Cathedral mashup

Satire publication Mad magazine mocked Time for its latest cover design, which mashes up an image of the White House with the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, saying the news publication was guilty of “stealing our material!”

“Honestly, we’re flattered, but we would have appreciated a credit — something like, ‘Idea stolen from MAD, which in 1952 we called a short lived satirical pulp!’ the humor publication said in an online post Thursday that showed the cover images side by side.

Mad’s cover from Dec. 12, 2016, bore the caption “Putin’s Influence Over Trump Continues to Grow,” and showed the onion domes of St. Basil’s topping the White House. Time magazine’s May 18, 2017, cover, which lacks any caption, is shown for comparison, depicting the White House seemingly morphing into St. Basil’s.

Once a functioning Russian Orthodox Church and formally named The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat, the building is popularly called St. Basil’s for a venerated “fool for Christ,” Blessed Basil of Moscow.

St. Basil’s was seized by the Soviet government in 1923 and remains to this day part of the Russian government’s State Historical Museum. Contrary to popular conception, however, it is not part of the Kremlin complex.

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