QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Todd La Torre has drawn the ire of Donald Trump supporters by posting a disturbing-yet-hilarious photo that poked fun at the president-elect’s seemingly bizarre relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
A photoshopped picture shows the billionaire businessman and Putin dressed in leather, with Trump sitting down and smiling as he rests his head on the thigh of Russia’s president while wearing a collar, indicating his submissive or slave status in a BDSM relationship.
After La Torre posted the picture on his Facebook page this past New Year’s Eve, he was slammed by apparent Trump voters who accused him of “alienating half of [QUEENSRŸCHE‘s] already hugely diminished fan base” by voicing his political views. The singer then got into a heated discussion about politics in which he tried to use facts to make his points, only to be repeatedly shut down for being “disrespectful.” One of those critics was former VIRGIN STEELE guitarist Jack Starr, who wrote in the comments section below Todd‘s post: “The picture shows a great lack of respect to our president-elect and really is not funny… Humor has its place but behind this particular cartoon was a not very veiled attack on Trump and there are many among us in the community we call heavy metal who are very happy that Trump will be representing our country very shortly and I happen to be one of them.”
La Torre, who has made no secret of his disdain for Trump, responded to his critics several times below his original post, writing in part: “As for the comment that I have ‘offended’ a huge base, let the record show that as I type this, the data is that there are  comments to  shares. Apparently  people thought this was funny, nothing more and nothing less. Lighten up people, it’s about to be 2017, CHEERS EVERYONE!!!! Life could use a little humor.”
He added: “It’s a meme, a funny meme. How one chooses to feel about that is on them. I’m not up arms in the least when I see something online or a view I disagree with. I’m all for great humor and healthy discussion however; )