Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is well known around the world for many reasons, but the way he poses for photos isn’t one of them.
Trudeau appears on the cover of Delta’s July edition of Sky Magazine, the U.S. airline’s in-flight publication. The cover was shared just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, which is being celebrated on July 1, otherwise known as Canada Day.
The prime minister can be seen sitting backwards on a chair with his legs spread open as he crosses his arms. The casual shot of a tieless Trudeau appears between the words “Prime Time” as he rocks purple socks and stares stoically into the camera in front of a Canadian flag draped behind him.
Below is the magazine cover, which has been making the rounds online.
Justin Trudeau graces the cover of July's Delta Sky Magazine pic.twitter.com/7dS54bZnz1
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 27, 2017
People were quick to comment after Delta posted the cover Tuesday on Twitter. Some poked fun at Trudeau’s pose and one person even compared it to Mario Lopez’s character A.C. Slater from the 90’s TV show Saved by the Bell.
Backwards chair sitting = means business
— Elliott Vanskike (@twonnet) June 27, 2017
Anything with him on the cover has my vote…….. ????
— Helen Springer (@HelenSpringer5) June 27, 2017
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
Can I order this magazine to frame…asking for a friend pic.twitter.com/rURlplCm79
— MALAIKA???? (@mxlaikasmith) June 28, 2017
Other commenters seemed to think that the look was revealing the cooler side of 45-year-old politician, who previously worked as a teacher.
"Don't call me Mr Trudeau, call me Justin. Or J-Dog."
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 27, 2017
JT look like he’s about to start rapping Shakespeare to relate to inner-city youth https://t.co/l6RJvJidnb
— ishmael n. daro (@iD4RO) June 27, 2017
At least one person appeared to accuse the prime minister of “manspreading,” a practice where men spread their legs wide apart, potentially covering more than one seat.
Framing "prime time" around his spread-eagle crotch is just bad framing.
Or is it genius… https://t.co/0EFzuQ5PRq
— Beth Elderkin (@BethElderkin) June 27, 2017
Others were mystified by the appearance of the Canadian leader on the lesser known magazine.
Hold on, I thought SMOKIN' was not allowed on any Delta flights https://t.co/N1AVgKkH5S
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) June 27, 2017
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
Of course, not everyone was impressed. Some wanted to see a bit more creativity from the prime minister, while others couldn’t resist an opportunity to take a shot at Trudeau.
You're kidding about the PM fulfilling his campaign promises? He is running Canada into the ground, $29 billion dollar deficit & counting.
— The Real Papa Sean (@realpapasean) June 28, 2017
Worst Prime Minister in Canadian history!
— Mega Manik (@Maniac2008) June 28, 2017
Trudeau obviously can’t make everybody happy, but at least he got a bunch of people to talk about a relatively unknown magazine.