There are many reasons to be concerned about Mike Pence, the vice president-elect of the United States and leader of Donald Trump‘s transition team. He’s against curing HIV, wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and believes in shocking gay people until they turn straight.
Does Mike Pence eat women’s deodorant as food, though? As you will read all over Twitter, there’s no reason to believe he does.
Guys, I really doubt the rumor that Mike Pence eats Lady Speed Stick like a popsicle at night in his office is true.
— Chip Chantry (@ChipChantry) November 12, 2016
Guys, it's over. They won. Who does it help to picture the new VP gobbling away at deodorant like an ice cream bar?https://t.co/yZu8s47XJI
— CalmTomb (@CalmTomb) November 12, 2016
It's literally helping no one to continue this silly rumor that Pence swallows deodorant as after-mints & how it's likely corroded his brain https://t.co/wyokd03lHC
— maura quint (@behindyourback) November 12, 2016
please, it'll only divide America further to keep gossiping about Mike Pence caressing a Lady Speed Stick quietly muttering "gorgeous girl" https://t.co/aO7LXCj1Xu
— kylie brakeman vote for bernie (@deadeyebrakeman) November 12, 2016
That Mike Pence enjoys eating ladies deodorant is really his own business and continuing to bring it up is doing nothing to unite our nation https://t.co/3wALBvFhAk
— jess a brambles company ⚪️ (@jessokfine) November 12, 2016
Speculating on whether, in more indulgent moments, Mike Pence double-fists ladies' deodorants and gobbles them like a porn star is useless. https://t.co/uhESga3unx
— Ray (reluctantly) (@SirEviscerate) November 13, 2016
The great thing about this meme is that it leans on a tactic Trump used throughout his campaign, prefacing some rumor or falsehood with “people are saying” to sidestep the blame for spreading it himself. These tweets ask you to vividly imagine our homophobic future vice president with his lips around a stick of soft, flaky stick of deodorant, running his tongue over the white, pine-scented mound, but they are all couched in plausible deniability.
It’s satisfying for the defeated side to give the guy who will run America on Trump’s behalf a taste of his campaign’s own medicine. Mmmm, tastes like Lady Speed Stick!
Are there more productive ways to combat Pence’s homophobic positions and keep them from becoming homophobic policies? Donating and protesting, perhaps? Certainly, but it’s also important for Pence’s opponents to tell the truth about him. The truth is that he tried to make it legal in his state for businesses to turn away gay customers, and that he probably doesn’t savor every bite of deodorant like it’s his favorite dessert.
Although I have personally macked on him and his breath was (dare I say) powder fresh, these rumors must stop here https://t.co/paJeTQBeje
— A Literal Homosexual (@kyry5) November 13, 2016
It reflects poorly on us to keep callously talking about the VP-elect's nighttime ritual of a glass of milk and a plate of deodorant sticks. https://t.co/Kb5xnQRTHa
— Clint Keller (@actuallyclint) November 13, 2016
So childish to continue spreading the lie about Mike Pence greedily gobbling stick after stick of deodorant, ripping it out of the tube https://t.co/maUtHEdgSx
— Nooooo!!! Aaaahh!!! (@ZGhaoN) November 12, 2016
Sorry, but you just can’t prove it!