Beto Sex Tweet

Beto Sex Tweet

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Beto Sex Tweet is the nickname given to a tweet by political analyst Leah McElrath in which she compared the strengths and weaknesses of potential Democratic presidential candidates in the 2020 election Richard Ojeda, Michael Avenatti, and Beto O'Rourke using sexual analogies. The analogy with which she described O'Rourke, meant in praise, gained notoriety for being particularly graphic, leading to jokes and media coverage.

Origin

On November 12th, 2018, Twitter user and political analyst Leah McElrath tweeted a comparison of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Richard Ojeda, Michael Avenatti, and Beto O'Rourke using sexual analogies.[1] She said the former two "are like the guy who thinks good sex is pumping away while you’re making a grocery list in your head wondering when he’ll be done" and that O'Rourke was "like the guy who is all sweet and nerdy but holds you down and makes you cum until your calves cramp." Her tweet gained over 1,600 retweets and 11,000 likes, as well as 1,600 responses (shown below).


Leah McElrath @leahmcelrath Follow Ojeda and Avenatti as candidates are like the guy who thinks good sex IS pumping away while you're making a grocery list in your head wondering when he'll be done O'Rourke is like the guy who is all sweet and nerdy but holds you down and makes you c-- until your calves cramp. 2:12 AM 12 Nov 2018

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The tweet gained swift notoriety online. The tweet was amplified by Will & Grace star Debra Messing, who quote-tweeted it saying "This. Is. Everything." (shown below, left). It also spread thanks to a tweet by Will Menaker of Chapo Trap House who sarcastically tweeted "I've BEEN saying this!" (shown below, right).


Debra Messing DebraMessing Foilow This. Is. Everything. Leah McElrath @leahmcelrath Ojeda and Avenatti as candidates are like the guy who thinks good sex is pumping away while you're making a grocery list in your head wondering when he'll be done. O'Rourke is like the guy who is all sweet and nerdy but holds you down and... Show this thread 4:24 PM-12 Nov 2018 WillMenaker @willmenaker Following I've BEEN saying this! Leah McElrath @leahmcelrath Follow Ojeda and Avenatti as candidates are like the guy who thinks good sex is pumping away while you're making a grocery list in your head wondering when he'll be done O'Rourke is like the guy who is all sweet and nerdy but holds you down and makes you c-- until your calves cramp. 10:12 PM-11 Nov 2018 586 Retweets 4,037 Likes 711 t 586 4.0K 4:28 PM 12 Nov 2018

Many Twitter users responded with disgust at the tweet. User @BrandyLJensen tweeted joking she was joining No Nut November because of the tweet (shown below, left). User @FreeDarko joked the tweet was distracting from Stan Lee's death, which happened the same day (shown below, right).


Brandy Jensen @BrandyLJensen Following after seeing that tweet about Beto I must reluctantly announce l'm joining no nut november 5:03 PM-12 Nov 2018 from Brooklyn, NY Nathaniel Friedman Follow @freedarko RIP Stan Lee, a brilliant man who f----- up by dying on Beto sex tweet day. 6:04 PM 12 Nov 2018

The tweet and its reactions were covered by multiple news outlets including Daily Dot,[2] Vice,[3] and Mel Magazine,[4] the lattermost of which argued that the "calves cramping" part of the tweet was actually an indicator of bad sex. McElrath responded to the backlash by stating it was an indicator of toxic masculinity that influenced the 2016 United States Presidential Election and would harm 2020.


Leah McElrath leahmcelrath-2h It's interesting how uncomfortable some self-identified progressives/leftists are with a mature woman talking about her sexual experience as a point of reference for making an analogy. It's almost like age-specific misogyny is a thing. (Of course, we saw that clearly in 2016.) Leah McElrath @leahmcelrath Follow Most people understood the tweet (see the replies). However, some people chose to distort it, use it to characterize me as "horny" and mock me as though that would be a bad thing if true. The mockery proved my point: the LAST thing needed in 2020 is more toxic masculinity. 2/2 11:07 PM-12 Nov 2018

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jordan Follow @JordanUhl me after reading the beto tweet Cole LaBrant Thesupercole Follow 100 No longer a virgin #MarriageRocks 3:19 AM-11 Jul 2017 5,080 Retweets 33,270 LikesO 808 t5.1 33K 5:31 PM 12 Nov 2018 Ashley Feinberg @ashleyfeinberg Following do you think beto's read the sex tweet yet 6:59 PM 12 Nov 2018 99 Retweets 2,554 LikesO Tweet your reply Ashley Feinberg@ashleyfeinberg @BetoORourke Imk when you see it Nov 12 Ashley Feinberg@ashleyfeinberg Nov 13 @BetoORourke have you read it yet, my man Madison Malone Kircher @4evrmalone Follow Can't find the Beto sex tweet? This sounds like a iob for Detective Pikachu!!! 6:40 PM 12 Nov 2018
Charlotte Wilder @TheWilderThings Followv l just saw the Beto sex tweet and I feel like l need my mouth washed out with soap just from reading it 6:21 PM 12 Nov 2018 KT NELSON rangTNelson Following fairly hilarious that the lady who posted the beto sex tweet thinks ppl are disgusted by it because she's old. m'am, please let me assure you: that is not the reason 12:47 PM-13 Nov 2018 Kristen Arnett @Kristen_Arnett Follow all the horny beto tweet tells me is that heterosexuals settle for very bad sex a majority of the time 10:37 PM-12 Nov 2018

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