Beto O'Rourke Pranked in Nude Pic Promise

Tuesday November 3, 2020

Beto O'Rourke
Beto O'Rourke  (Source:Associated Press)

On Twitter Monday night, many saw an intriguing promise from someone believed to be Beto O'Rourke: "I'll drop my nudes if Texas goes blue."

The thing is that it was not Beto and it was not true, despite a verisimilitude to O'Rourke's tweet.

It belonged to host of the popular culture podcast "Keep It" and TV writer Ira Madison III who "changed up his profile picture and display name on Twitter so his account resembled Beto's" writes the NSFW website The Sword.

He then made his promise to his 200,000 followers.

"Twitter apparently didn't appreciate the parody tweets and suspended Ira's account, but not before the Beto tweet reached over 4,000 retweets and 16,000 likes," writes The Sword.

This prompted Snopes to do a fact check, which they labeled false.

"O'Rourke wrote no such tweet," the site concluded. "It was a practical joke by television writer Ira Madison, impersonating O'Rourke. Madison's Twitter account was suspended after he posted the tweet.

Snopes did supply a screenshot.

"O'Rourke has been campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Texas," Snopes continues. "Madison's tweet played on the hope that the state, which has historically been a GOP stronghold for years, could go to the Democrats in the Nov. 3 election."

"For those who don't know," adds The Sword, "impersonating a government official is a pretty common joke that's done on gay Twitter. Queer comedians Jaboukie Young-White and Cole Escola have both been suspended in the past for changing their names and pictures to match various officials or agencies. Jaboukie was suspended so many times for this bit that Twitter went on to remove the verified blue check from his profile."

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