Matt Gaetz Rapey McForehead meme.

Rapey McForehead

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Rapey McForehead is a nickname used on the internet for U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz that references his sexual misconduct investigation and his perceivably large forehead. The name trended on Twitter in late 2022 and early 2023 as a way to humorously criticize Gaetz, predominantly manifesting amid the 2023 House Speaker Election when Gaetz and other hard-right Republicans in Congress refused to vote for Representative Kevin McCarthy. The origin of "Rapey McForehead" occurred on Twitter in early 2021 amid Gaetz's sexual misconduct investigation. The meme's concept is also similar to memes made about Richard Spencer's Big Forehead in 2017.


On March 30th, 2021, Twitter[1] user Muskie_Medic tweeted "Rapey McForehead" as a reply to a since-deleted tweet from Twitter[2] user and New York Times reporter Katie Bennet, who relayed information that the "DOJ is investigating Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for trafficking, related to his conduct with a 17-yr-old girl." [1] Muskie_Medic's reply received just five likes in two years but is the earliest known use of the nickname for Gaetz (shown below).

Derek McKnight @Muskie_Medic Replying to @Pinche_Pi R---- McForehead. 6:40 PM Mar 30, 2021 .

On the next day, March 31st, 2021, Twitter[3] user littledeekay tweeted a reply to Gaetz that ended with, "Maybe just stop talking, Rapey McForehead." The reply was in response to Gaetz denying the sexual misconduct allegations, starting with the statement, "My family would never pay a bribe." Twitter[3] user littledeekay's reply received roughly 1,900 likes in two years and predominantly started the "Rapey McForehead" meme as the first high-engagement example (shown below).

Matt Gaetz @mattgaetz. Mar 31, 2021 My family would never pay a bribe. My dad was working at the direction of the FBI & we have email proof. I repeat my demand that the tapes my dad made, detailing the extortion/corruption be released. They prove McGee's statements today to be more lies. Gaetz investigation complicated by overture to his father about ex-F... Facing a sex-crimes investigation, the Republican congressman has insisted his family is being extorted. 7,394 t 2,930 Liddle' Savage @littledeekay 9,080 Q ار 企 A Tip : Replying to @mattgaetz I care a hell of a lot less about a grown man being extorted by another grown man, than I care about a 17 year old girl being sexually extorted by a 30- something year old man. Maybe just stop talking, R---- McForehead. 8:50 PM Mar 31, 2021


After Twitter[3] user littledeekay's reply in March 2021, mass usage of "Rapey McForehead" in relation to Gaetz surfaced on Twitter, earning more engagement over time. For instance, on April 21st, 2021, Twitter[4] user lindyli used the nickname in a tweet that received roughly 10,900 likes in two years (shown below, left). On July 24th, 2022, Twitter[5] user JamesTate121 tweeted an infographic about Gaetz with the caption, "Rapey McForehead Remember who Matt Gaetz is," and earned roughly 2,200 likes in six months (shown below, right).

Lindy Li @lindyli Matt Gaetz turned to Roger Stone of all people for help a few days before his child sex trafficking scandal broke, paying him a consulting fee In other words, R---- McForehead is going to jail 8:24 PM • Apr 21, 2021 from Philadelphia, PA James Tate @JamesTate121 R---- McForehead Remember who Matt Gaetz is In 2017, Matt Gaetz was the only member of Congress to vote against a law that gave the federal government more power and money to fight human trafficking. PLEASE THINK RESPONSIBLY TAP 11:02 AM Jul 24, 2022 THE : ALE PARTY

On December 22nd, 2022, Twitter[6] user nazirafzal tweeted a photo of Matt Gaetz and Kyle Rittenhouse and referenced them as the nicknames, "Rapey McForehead & Murderboy McMurderFace," earning roughly 1,800 likes in one month (shown below, left). About a month later, on January 24th, 2023, Twitter[7] user laotzuwood then tweeted a similar meme with a bottom caption that labeled the men with the nicknames, gaining over 2,500 likes in two days (shown below, right).

nazir afzal @nazirafzal Ever since we Brits came up with Boaty McBoatface, the world has been paying along & reached new heights by renaming Gaetz & Rittenhouse as R---- McForehead & Murderboy McMurderFace 7:33 AM Dec 22, 2022 138.9K Views R---- McForehead meets Murderer McCrybaby

Various Examples

JDP @pe62050408 Hats f------ off to whoever came up with R---- McForehead. 10:13 PM . Jan 25, 2023 from Wellington, FL 43.5K Views : Laurie Lew C @laurielew1966 I find it hilarious that when R---- McForehead is trending everyone knows exactly who it is referring to Trending College Board 3,668 Tweets Trending R---- McForehead Politics - Trending Mr. Speaker 3,248 Tweets Politics Trending Georgia 58.1K Tweets : 10:46 AM Jan 25, 2023 182.6K Views Austin Neaves @AustinNeaves ●●● Whoever came up with the nickname R---- McForehead for Matt Gaetz deserves a medal. 12:52 AM. Aug 24, 2022 391 Retweets 23 Quote Tweets 2,955 Likes

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External References

[1] Twitter – @Muskie_Medic

[2] Twitter (via Wayback Machine) – @ktbenner

[3] Twitter – @littledeekay

[4] Twitter – @lindyli

[5] Twitter – @JamesTate121

[6] Twitter – @nazirafzal

[7] Twitter – @laotzuwood

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