Denver Riggleman Bigfoot Erotica Controversy
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Denver Riggleman Bigfoot Erotica Controversy refers to an accusation by Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Leslie Cockburn that her republican opponent, Denver Riggleman, is a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica" and has self-published a book of cryptozoological erotica featuring Bigfoot.
On July 29th, 2018, Leslie Cockburn, a democratic candidate for congress in Virginia's 5th district, tweeted  a screen caption from her republican opponent Denver Riggleman of an illustration of Bigfoot with its genitals censored, which was to be the cover art for his self-published book "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him." She captioned the tweet, "My opponent Denver Riggleman, running mate of Corey Stewart, was caught on camera campaigning with a white supremacist. Now he has been exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica. This is not what we need on Capitol Hill." The post (shown below, left) received more than 3,000 retweets and 7,000 likes in 24 hours.
Denver Riggleman denied the allegations. He told the Washington Post that he and his team were "stunned" by the accusation, admitting that he did write an "anthropological book sort of based on parody and satire." However, he said that the book was part of a long-running joke with "a bunch of military pals."
The Instagram post was part of that joke. He said that the book was drawn by a friend as a mock cover for the book. He said of the cover, "I thought it was funny. There is no way that anybody’s dumb enough to think this is real."
Following the tweet, people responded to the allegation with surprise. Twitter user @paulisci tweeted, "We're at a place where 'Republican candidate for congress is a devotee of Bigfoot erotica' isn't even the weirdest story in American politics this week." The post (shown below, left) received more than 185 retweets and 530 likes in 24 hours.
Twitter user @MollyMcKew tweeted, "2018, when 'devotee of Bigfoot erotica' -- (yeah, big"foot") -- is uttered in politics without anyone blinking." The post (shown below, right) received more than 130 retweets and 450 likes in 24 hours. Additionally, Twitter
On July 30th, Twitter published a Moments page about the controversy.
The news was posted on several subreddits, including /r/BlueMidterm2018, /r/politics, /r/beholdthemasterrace and more.
Several media outlets covered the accusation, including The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, HuffPost, Newsweek and more.
 Twitter – @LeslieCockburn's Tweet
 Twitter – @paulisci's Tweet
 Twitter – @MollyMcKew's Tweet
 Twitter – @ScottWamplerBMD's Tweet
 Reddit – "Leslie Cockburn, running for D-VA 5th: My opponent…
 Reddit – Virginia Dem House candidate tweets that her GOP opponent is a ‘devotee of Bigfoot erotica’ : politics
 Reddit – Republican white supremacist running for office in Virginia is into Bigfoot erotica
 Washington Post What is Bigfoot erotica? A Virginia congressional candidate accused her opponent of being into it.
 New York Daily News – 'Bigfoot erotica' is having a moment thanks to a bitter congressional race
 HuffPost – Bigfoot Porn Has Become A Major Controversy In A U.S. House Race. Seriously
 Newsweek – GOP Candidate Denver Riggleman Is 'Bigfoot Erotica Devotee,' His Opponent Says
 Twitter – US political candidate says opponent is a 'devotee of Bigfoot erotica'
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