Alas, Bernie Sanders Was Not in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Every campaign produces a few outrageous howlers, but this image, which Snopes says is circulating on Facebook, has to be the high point of the 2016 race:

You’ll have to takes Snopes’s word for it—it’s tough to find many actual examples of the meme circulating online. As the debunkers note, the image isn’t what it claims to be: For one thing, Sanders and his wife didn’t meet until the 1980s. For another, that’s obviously a still from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Susan Sarandon, the actress in the picture, is in fact feeling the Bern.)

Which is pretty clever—the film came out in 1975, and stars a gender-bending mad scientist. Whoever made it must have had his or her tongue lodged firmly in cheek. Then again, Sanders has long been outspoken on LBGT rights, and what better way to describe his success than in the words of the Rocky Horror hit: “It’s astounding. Time is fleeting [before the New Hampshire primary].” And most of all: “It’s just a jump to the left.”