‘Is Beto A Furry’ Is Trending Because Of A Twitter Troll
Former El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke officially kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday morning in downtown El Paso to a crowd of thousands. There were speeches by his wife Amy, current Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, and others. Beto took the stage and outlined his vision for the country, although, because this was a campaign kick-off, there were no specifics outlined as to how he plans on carrying out that vision. As he gets further into the campaign, there will doubtless be specifics offered.
After the rally, a strange thing started trending on Twitter, something that has been floating around for a while, but probably gained a lot of traction because of one particular Twitter troll who clearly has a lot of time and hatred for O'Rourke. A Twitter hashtag "Beto Is A Furry" began trending hard right after the rally. This silly story about O'Rourke began popping up during his senate campaign because of a video from his punk rock days. The video shows his band The Sheeps covering a Ramones song and pretending to be a different band. O'Rourke and his bandmates are all wearing odd costumes and masks. O'Rourke is rocking what looks like a leotard or a onesie. The video made its way around the interwebs during his senate run but never really gained any traction.
Saturday, however, a Twitter troll, Comfortably Smug, tweeted out, "I wonder how many "Beto is a furry" replies this tweet will get." The tweet got a few hundred likes and retweets, but trended for a time.
So, is Beto a furry? From Dictionary.com, a furry is "an enthusiast for animal characters with human characteristics, in particular a person who dresses up in costume as such a character or uses one as an avatar online." While it's not clear if O'Rourke is an enthusiast for animal characters, he did once wear an animal mask, so, we report, decide.