Meet U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R – IL).
When he is not enjoying the collective sub-10 percent approval rating the rest of his cronies earned on Capitol Hill, apparently he enjoys showing off his abs. Hell, they’re not even my abs, and I would enjoy showing those things off.
Anywho, for those not in the know, one of the most widely embraced assumptions and worst-kept secrets is Schock’s sexual orientation.
The reasons are after the jump, but the reason for this #PRFail is how the The New York Times has decided to try (yet again) to lure him out by creating a “colorful” new form of labeling.
Now, Schock’s ability to legislate this country has absolutely nothing to do with the individuals for whom he chooses to create those abs of steel, but The New York Times has lit the torches and bought some pitchforks from its local Home Depot to discover the truth.
For some reason, the ‘Old Grey Lady’ has been trying to get his attention for a while. In January, they wrote an article ousting him without even using his name (because law suits and such but this is so news, right). Annnnnd, then they checked out his Instagram account because journalism and some such.
Noted in the NYT’s ‘Fashion and Style’ section is the clandestine headline, “Aaron Schock and his Popular Instagram Persona.” Yeah, yeah. We all see what you did there.
Mr. Schock has posted shots of himself surfing in Hawaii and sliding down a sand dune on a wooden plank and splashing into the water. … “Ride it, baby,” a man from New York wrote. Another man commented, “Rawr!” Someone with an anonymous profile wrote, “URGH marry me you fiscally conservative stud you.” (Mr. Schock has said that he is not gay.)
Now, for the record, although Schock repeatedly denies the accusations, stories like this pop up from time-to-time. And then there is a, shall we say, “parody Twitter account.”
It wouldn’t be such a big deal if Schock wanted to walk around in his free time like he was ready for the Kentucky Derby (like here), but his actions could possibly be called “a beard.” And a not-so-flashy one at that.
Schock is on record as being opposed to same-sex marriage because he supports a federal marriage amendment. Additionally, he opposed the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, the repeal of DOMA, and voted against adding sexual orientation to federal hate crimes statutes.
Maybe Schock’s “popular Instagram persona” is just him being proud of his abs. Either way, I need to call a few friends of mine and ask them if they are popular on Instagram. Thanks, NYT!