Cruz’ing through porn

As I’m sure many of you have heard Senator Ted Cruz has been accused of liking a porn video on twitter this past week.” The Texas senator’s account, which has more than 3 million followers, liked a tweet from the account @SexuallPosts, which posts explicit content and porn.” (Time)” The pornographic post in question had initially been shared by an account using the handle @SexuallPosts, and screen shots of the post from Cruz’s page show a graphic sexual video”(Politico)

Like any good publicist would suggest, Cruz immediately faced the elephant in the room and spoke to CNN’s Dana Bash in regard to this situation. Cruz set the record straight that it wasn’t him, “it wasn’t me and it’s not going to happen again” (Huffingtonpost) “”It was a staffing issue. And it was inadvertent, it was a mistake. It was not a deliberate act. We’re dealing with it internally, but it was a mistake. It was not malicious.”(Politico) While this is a very plausible it makes me think why was this video even open to begin with or even be following this account at all. In recent articles, I was surprised to read that the staffer situation would be, “handled internally” which in my opinion means they won’t be fired. With an image and reputation like Ted Cruz that is a very drastic move for his political standpoint. I think what really surprised me was that in his interview with Bash, the topic of sex toys was also up for discussion. “Bash asked Cruz about a much-cited case he made as solicitor general of Texas, when he defended a state law restricting the sale of sex toys. Cruz called it a “stupid law” but said his job at the time was to defend the state’s laws. “I can’t believe I’m going to ask you this, but so you’re officially saying Ted Cruz is OK with people buying sex toys?” Bash asked. “I am saying that consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms,” the senator replied. “And, you know, the media and the left seem obsessed with sex. Let people do what they want.” (Huffingtonpost)

I admire the honesty and open mind of the senator but also find him saying things to save his ass. From a PR point of view it was a good idea to bring up this topic as it is a state law and he has been known to defend such laws. I believe he was thrown a curve ball in the interview with CNN and although it could have been how he actually feels towards the law, I find him saying what he needs to say to get in the publics good graces. If there is one thing I have learned in journalism it is that the slightest misstep in the public eye is not only fair game but potentially social suicide. Although this is a very controversial and intimate topic for the senator, it is also one for his family. ““This is not how I envisioned waking up this morning,” the 46-year-old father of two said.” (NYdailynews) I believe he said what he needed to say not only for the public but for the sake of his home life as well. Politico.com, says that “Although the “like” has since been undone, screen shots of the post have circulated widely online and @SexuallPosts updated its bio to urge users to “follow the same porn @TedCruz watches.” Like most political scandals this will blow over but with social media sites such as @SexuallPosts will continue to follow his career in one way or another.

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