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Putin-Trump 'Street Art' Turns Out to Be a Dating App Publicity Stunt

By Nicole Levy | February 15, 2017 4:58pm | Updated on February 17, 2017 2:55pm

An installation showing a drawing of Russian president Vladimir Putin cuddling a pregnant President Donald Trump projected on three city buildings went viral Tuesday night.

It was exactly the kind of street art that might tempt a liberal New Yorker to post to their social media accounts — which is exactly what many of them did.

Even New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz tweeted a picture of the projection, which appeared on two buildings in Chelsea and one in Williamsburg.

But the Valentine's Day mockery of Trump's pro-Putin stance — which dovetailed with reports of repeated contact between then presidential nominee Trump's campaign aids and Russian intelligence — is anything but the work of a wannabe Banksy

We must regrettably inform our readers that the parody is a campaign by a new dating app.


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The app, Hater, matches users based on — you guessed it — what they hate. 

Hater did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Whether you're feeling good or bad about the current political climate, maybe brand gimmicks like this one will unite you and your soul mate.