BuzzFeed has put its readers through the same sort of torture that stripper Lynsie Lee's customers pay her for — slow-building arousal, followed by nothing. What a tease! We get what BuzzFeed's Benny Johnson was going for in his exposé of Cory Booker's direct Twitter messages with a stripper, since the Newark mayor is in the middle of a senate race and illicit liaisons with sexy ladies tend to kill political careers. But Johnson's article takes us through a long photo-and-haha-GIF-heavy explanation of who the stripper, Lee, is, and how she knows Booker (they were in a movie about Twitter together), and what they have in common (pets). The post shows five exposed nipples, three erect nipples visible through a tank top, three bikini photos, and four GIFs. Yet it shows only two direct messages sent by Booker. Two banal direct messages. "And the East Coast loves you and by the East Coast, I mean me," Booker says. "Well now I'm blushing :)" Lee, replies. "It's only fair," Booker says. That's it.
The DMs were so banal, in fact, that conservatives immediately had to imagine a darker conspiracy was afoot. Booker, who is single, has said he doesn't want to indulge homophobia implicit in accusations that he's gay. He recently told The Washington Post:
"People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.'"
A New Jersey Star-Ledger article from February 2, 2000 reported Booker said he was not gay, and wrote about overcoming his own homophobia in college. Even so, some immediately imagined Booker leaked the stripper DMs himself to push back against rumors that he's gay.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.