(Image source: The Star-Ledger / Andrew Mills)

 

 

BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

 

 

It’s no secret Cory Booker loves his Twitter followers and is an engaging user. But a BuzzFeed post published Wednesday suggests Booker has been showing an Oregon stripper a little preferential treatment — even as a few media critics called the article a manufactured controversy.

 

This very not-safe-for-work post introduces readers to Lynsie Lee, a tattoo-clad performer at a vegan strip club … yes, a vegan strip club. I can’t make this up. 

 

According to the post, Booker and Lee met each other — in real life — on the set of a movie about Twitter, called “Follow Friday the Film.” Both Lee and Booker starred in the film along with Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, not to be confused with the person who posted this listicle. (Via YouTube / FFtheFilm, Twitter / @BuzzFeedBen, Twitter / @bennyjohnson)

 

Booker and Lee reportedly had a little back-and-forth on Twitter after their meeting. Sometime in February, Lee tweeted at Booker, saying “the west coast loves you (by west coast, I mean me) :)." Booker responded by saying in a Direct Message, “And the East Coast loves you and by East Coast, I mean me.” (Via New York Daily News)

 

Ooh, scandalous! The 44-year-old Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and U.S. Senate candidate DM’ing a stripper? (Via YouTube / CoryBookerdotcom)

 

History tells us strippers and politicians are a bad combo. Still, the Internet collectively shrugged and defended the two. One writer for The Atlantic calls out Buzzfeed for trying to ruin Booker with a sort of bait-and-switch post. 

 

“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.”

 

The actual Buzzfeed post shows Lee bare-chested numerous times, something a writer for Jezebel thinks is tacky.

 

“There is something gross — not to mention unnecessarily stigmatizing — about using those images to craft a falsely tawdry narrative about a politician and giving it a very misleading headline.”

 

A writer for Mediaite doesn’t see what the big deal is, writing, “Cory Booker DMs a lot, and he’s single, so if you view this as flirtation rather than innocuous charm, so the eff what?”

 

And some writers believe the post was a ploy just to rehash conversations about Booker’s sexuality. 

 

Booker told The Washington Post last month, “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.’”

 

What’s interesting is that Buzzfeed’s Benny Johnson has previously shown Booker a bit of favor. He posted this step-by-step guide on how to be a better politician, a la Cory Booker. 

 

So, no harm, no foul … right?

 

Exactly. Booker tweeted this out earlier Wednesday: All right @BuzzFeedBen last time I ever appear in a film with you!” Big smile! (Via Twitter / @CoryBooker)

 

And Lee also seemed to have a little fun with the publicity, tweeting, maybe one day I'll be a Jeopardy category now” (Via Twitter / @LynsieLee)

 

According to New York Magazine, Booker’s spokesman responded to the story saying, I think it’s pretty well known that the mayor talks with people from all walks of life on Twitter … the most shocking part of this story was learning there is a vegan strip club in Portland.”

Internet Quickly Forgives Cory Booker for Messaging Stripper

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Sep 25, 2013

Internet Quickly Forgives Cory Booker for Messaging Stripper

(Image source: The Star-Ledger / Andrew Mills)

 

 

BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT

 

 

It’s no secret Cory Booker loves his Twitter followers and is an engaging user. But a BuzzFeed post published Wednesday suggests Booker has been showing an Oregon stripper a little preferential treatment — even as a few media critics called the article a manufactured controversy.

 

This very not-safe-for-work post introduces readers to Lynsie Lee, a tattoo-clad performer at a vegan strip club … yes, a vegan strip club. I can’t make this up. 

 

According to the post, Booker and Lee met each other — in real life — on the set of a movie about Twitter, called “Follow Friday the Film.” Both Lee and Booker starred in the film along with Buzzfeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, not to be confused with the person who posted this listicle. (Via YouTube / FFtheFilm, Twitter / @BuzzFeedBen, Twitter / @bennyjohnson)

 

Booker and Lee reportedly had a little back-and-forth on Twitter after their meeting. Sometime in February, Lee tweeted at Booker, saying “the west coast loves you (by west coast, I mean me) :)." Booker responded by saying in a Direct Message, “And the East Coast loves you and by East Coast, I mean me.” (Via New York Daily News)

 

Ooh, scandalous! The 44-year-old Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and U.S. Senate candidate DM’ing a stripper? (Via YouTube / CoryBookerdotcom)

 

History tells us strippers and politicians are a bad combo. Still, the Internet collectively shrugged and defended the two. One writer for The Atlantic calls out Buzzfeed for trying to ruin Booker with a sort of bait-and-switch post. 

 

“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.”

 

The actual Buzzfeed post shows Lee bare-chested numerous times, something a writer for Jezebel thinks is tacky.

 

“There is something gross — not to mention unnecessarily stigmatizing — about using those images to craft a falsely tawdry narrative about a politician and giving it a very misleading headline.”

 

A writer for Mediaite doesn’t see what the big deal is, writing, “Cory Booker DMs a lot, and he’s single, so if you view this as flirtation rather than innocuous charm, so the eff what?”

 

And some writers believe the post was a ploy just to rehash conversations about Booker’s sexuality. 

 

Booker told The Washington Post last month, “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.’”

 

What’s interesting is that Buzzfeed’s Benny Johnson has previously shown Booker a bit of favor. He posted this step-by-step guide on how to be a better politician, a la Cory Booker. 

 

So, no harm, no foul … right?

 

Exactly. Booker tweeted this out earlier Wednesday: All right @BuzzFeedBen last time I ever appear in a film with you!” Big smile! (Via Twitter / @CoryBooker)

 

And Lee also seemed to have a little fun with the publicity, tweeting, maybe one day I'll be a Jeopardy category now” (Via Twitter / @LynsieLee)

 

According to New York Magazine, Booker’s spokesman responded to the story saying, I think it’s pretty well known that the mayor talks with people from all walks of life on Twitter … the most shocking part of this story was learning there is a vegan strip club in Portland.”

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