Democrat Leslie Cockburn's attempt at mudslinging failed to land, as many people are coming forward to defend Republican Denver Riggleman's sexual proclivities. (Image via The Verge)
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Democrat Leslie Cockburn's attempt at mudslinging failed to land, as many people are coming forward to defend Republican Denver Riggleman's sexual proclivities. (Image via The Verge)

Is nothing off-limits in modern politics?

I know you’re curious about Bigfoot erotica. Everybody should be. Before you type it in the WattPad search bar, however, let me give you a bit of background so you know the cultural context of the kink you’re jumping into.

There’s a congressional race underway in Virginia between Democrat Leslie Cockburn and Republican Denver Riggleman. In an attempt to undermine her opponent’s campaign, Cockburn tweeted out a screenshot from Riggleman’s Instagram of a sketch of Bigfoot. Bigfoot’s privates are covered with a censor bar and Cockburn took this to mean that Riggleman must have a secret kink for the Sasquatch. Her tweet was accompanied by this caption:

“My opponent Denver Riggleman, running mate of Corey Stewart, was caught on camera campaigning with a white supremacist. Now he has been exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica. This is not what we need on Capitol Hill.”

Cockburn’s theory wasn’t entirely wrong; Riggleman IS a bit Bigfoot obsessed. He’s written two books about the creature — “Mating Habits of Bigfoot” and “Bigfoot Exterminators Inc.: The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006.” But, as far as I know, there is no explicitly sexually material in Riggleman’s collection.

Simply put, he’s just obsessed with Bigfoot. He responded to Cockburn’s accusations with a tweet of his own:

“Check out this video on my research into the Bigfoot myth. I sure don’t know what Bigfoot Erotica is, @LeslieCockburn knows more about that than I do apparently — but I can talk about Bigfoot theories all day.”

And he’s not even exaggerating. There’s video proof of him talking about Bigfoot theories all day. In an interview with CRTV, Riggleman rambles on about actual Bigfoot facts.

“It’s thought that, um, listen I love to pander to Bigfoot voters but we’re gonna, we’re gonna talk about him right now… I’m skeptical. Um, just to let everyone know, I’m skeptical, but there’s you know almost like this religious war between Bigfoot believers, yeah, the BE’s… I came up with this myself, again, the biological entity believers who believe that Bigfoot’s either descended from gigantopithecus blacki, and that, you know, which is the big ape, or homo erectus, which is, you know, it’s a man, baby.

“So you know you have, you know, these, you know these different ones and even they hate each other because you know Bigfoot can attack you with infrasound, like an elephant, I’m just gonna let you know. Or psychic terror vibes, right, to make you run through the woods and crash into a tree so they can drag you into the woods and create baby Bigfoots.”

Naturally, Twitter has had a field day talking about Bigfoot porn. A lot of people are standing up for Riggleman’s sexual proclivities, claiming he’s being kink-shamed and shouldn’t be made to feel uncomfortable for getting off on mythical creatures, with some drawing humorous contrasts:

“twitter 2010: what is ‘planking’ and why are people doing it

twitter 2018: it is wrong to kink shame the nazi for liking bigfoot erotica”

Others have found relief in the big addition to the news cycle:

And others have shared their own liking for the creature and experiences reading Bigfoot literotica. There’s a whole community out there for you, Mr. Riggleman, should you choose to join them. Your supporters are waiting.

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Cameron Andersen

New York University
Cultural Anthropology and Gender & Sexuality

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