Few world leaders are as well put together as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Yet even the most charming political operator isn't exempt from having their look critically discussed on Twitter, as was the case with Trudeau's manspreading Sky magazine cover, complete with a chair turned backwards and a mild smirk on his face.
At just 45 years old, Trudeau, with his boyish charm and knack for the right touches, has long been a media darling with a savvy sense of how to generate positive attention in popular culture: Visiting his constituents on a kayak, for example, or smoothly countering President Trump's signature arm-jerking handshake style.
But on the July edition of Delta Airlines' in-flight magazine, celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, Trudeau went with a look that became the subject of many a discussion from Twitter users. In front of a Canadian flag, with the words "prime time" on either side, a sleeves-rolled-up Trudeau gazes out at the reader while sitting on a worn-out backwards chair, looking for all the word like a guidance counselor — or a self-satisfied subway manspreader.
From comments about his history as the "cool" substitute teacher to his wide-open legs, Twitter had some of the strongest reactions about Trudeau's magazine cover.
1. You Can Call Me Justin
"You know who else was basically a rapper? Shakespeare," the sub said, settling into the backwards chair. "And you can call me Justin." https://t.co/usd3JnOUqv— Carolyn Davis (@carojdavis) June 27, 2017
2. ...Or Is It Genius
Framing "prime time" around his spread-eagle crotch is just bad framing.— Beth Elderkin (@BethElderkin) June 27, 2017
Or is it genius... https://t.co/0EFzuQ5PRq
3. How Did Delta Know
how did delta know the only way to get me to read its in flight magazine is to show me a pic of justin trudeau sitting backwards on a chair pic.twitter.com/uRpQohCvno— Joanna Rothkopf (@joannarothkopf) June 27, 2017
4. Nothing Screams "I'm A Feminist"
Because nothing screams "I am a feminist" like manspreading. #trudeau— Barb Adamski (@BarbAdamski) June 27, 2017
5. Some Serious Manspreading
that is some serious manspreading— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) June 27, 2017
6. Manspreading All Over The Cover
**Justin Trudeau manspreading all over the cover of Delta Sky Magazine https://t.co/MhR98ghwaf— AJP The MC (@AjpTheMC) June 27, 2017
7. That Would Be Great
If all of Justin Trudeau's magazine covers could be inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer moving forward, that would be great. pic.twitter.com/Si95ILTmJC— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 27, 2017
8. Throw Away Your Textbooks
Class, throw away your textbooks, I'm the cool sub... https://t.co/0xjl9ccTBB— Slade Sohmer (@Slade) June 27, 2017
9. Means Business
Backwards chair sitting = means business— Elliott Vanskike (@twonnet) June 27, 2017
10. "Sup Preppy"
11. Thought Smokin' Was Not Allowed
Hold on, I thought SMOKIN' was not allowed on any Delta flights https://t.co/N1AVgKkH5S— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) June 27, 2017
Needless to say, Trudeau's combination of looking cool, casual, and also like he was trying just a little too hard to look cool and casual, set off a lot of jokes, jabs, and eye-rolls among the denizens of social media. Of course, Trudeau is historically social media-aware and image-conscious enough that the jokes probably roll off his back.
As for what's actually in the magazine? Well, who knows? The only way to answer that is to actually grab a copy of the upcoming issue of Sky for yourself, and unless you're flying Delta anytime soon, that might be a little bit tricky. According to PR Newswire, the Trudeau issue will be appearing on Delta flights throughout the month of July, and if you're flying into Canada, you'll be able to nab some celebratory Canadian snacks, too.