The plot thickens in anti-gay Rep. Tom Cotton/NRA Grindr ad story: Both call ads fake, and Anonymous hackers allegedly have a photo of Cotton at a gay bar.
Show tunes and politics — together at last.
The Tom Cotton story keeps getting weirder and weirder. First, TheBlot Magazine breaks the story the anti-gay congressman and now Senate candidate was running ads (courtesy of the National Rifle Association) on Grindr, a gay hook-up app for smartphones. Ironic given that Tea Party-endorsed Cotton is steadfastly opposed to anything LGBT.
Both the Congressman and the NRA have denied that those are his or their ads and called the image fake, though we trust our source who took the screen shot not to have doctored the image.
The NRA has actually gone so far as to hire a firm to investigate. The firm hired apparently is run by Neal Krawetz, the man who authenticated President Obama’s birth certificate. I’ll let you know if my phone rings.
That was all yesterday.
Now step in the Internet group Anonymous, the loose collection of Internet hackers dedicated to finding truth and uncovering hypocrisy. Late last night, it appeared that Anonymous was using Twitter, Foursquare, and show tunes in an attempt to out the Congressman as gay. In a tweet, Anonymous shares a photo of Cotton (maybe?) at JRs Bar and Grill, a popular Washington, D.C., gay bar that features show tunes on big screen televisions on Monday nights and Saturday afternoons.
Here is the Foursquare check-in with photo:
Is that Tom Cotton in that check-in photo? JR’s does have pretty good drink specials, and the siren call of the show tune is irresistible to many, but whether that tall, dark-haired figure is Cotton is debatable.
But questions remain: Why Tom Cotton? And why Anonymous? Why is the group dedicated to going after ISIS and uncovering the truth in the Michael Brown shooting getting involved in an Arkansas Senate race?
This very well may be the tip of the iceberg.
Stay tuned to TheBlot for updates.
Brock Thompson is a contributing journalist for TheBlot Magazine.