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US midterm elections: Republican accused of ‘bigfoot erotica’ wins seat

A REPUBLICAN political candidate who won his race in Tuesday’s midterm elections was accused by his opponent of being a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica”.

Denver Riggleman, member-elect of the US House of Representatives for Virginia’s fifth congressional district, was accused by Democratic rival Leslie Cockburn of taking an interest in the niche porn genre back in July.

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

Cockburn, a journalist and mother of actress Olivia Wilde, included screenshots of posts from Riggleman’s private Instagram account featuring a muscular, hand-drawn bigfoot with “censored” bars.

“My ‘buddies’ thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week and to celebrate my new book release in about a month or two, Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him,” he wrote in the caption.

Another photo caption said, “Cover art for #matinghabitsofbigfoot almost complete. I hide nothing in this magnificent tome. Don’t erase the censor box.”

Riggleman told USA Today at the time that the post had “nothing to do with Bigfoot erotica” and the book title was a “long-running prank” with friends. Cockburn described the posts as “disturbing” and “revealing”, telling the paper “I leave it to the people to make their judgments about this guy”.

Porn websites Pornhub and Xhamster both reported massive spikes in searches for “bigfoot” after the news. “Bigfoot has long been a subject of eroticism,” xHamster vice president Alex Hawkins said in a statement to Mashable.

“Explicit videos featuring the big ape go back at least to the 1970s, but in many ways the scenario — an ape ravaging an innocent woman — date back to the 1930s with King Kong.”

Bigfoot erotica has also experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years with the advent of online self-publishing platforms like Amazon Kindle.

Virginia Wade, author of the smash hit 16-part series C** For Bigfoot, told The Daily Beast at one point she was earning up to $US30,000 a month from through Kindle Direct Publishing.

“Mating with this animal — part man, part beast — was as unthinkable as having sex with a donkey,” she writes in one scene. “And yet, here I was, revelling in the experience and not wanting it to end.”


Originally published as ‘Bigfoot porn’ pollie wins election

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