A Nevada Senate Candidate Directed Supporters To Anime Porn, Creating Interest In Nevada Politics For The First Time

Politics can be pretty bizarre, and once politicians discover the internet, the strangeness never stops. Nevada Tea Party Senate candidate Sharron Angle’s recent newsletter to her supporters invited them to check out her opponent, Representative Joe Heck, at joeheck.com. However, the URL redirected them somewhere much less political — specifically, Angle directed her supporters to anime and cartoon porn site Cartoonsex.com. (Heck’s site address has now been corrected in the newsletter, which, by the way, is called The Angle Examiner, like the most disappointing local newspaper you could imagine.) While Angle might have meant for a connection between Heck’s name and porn to negatively affect his campaign, politics would be a lot more interesting and enjoyable if more porn were involved. Hell, the mixup probably encouraged some people to vote for Heck in the name of on-screen sex.

According to Heck’s campaign manager, the redirect wasn’t an accident or an unrelated prank. In an interview with The Las Vegas Review-Journal, he described it as “the latest, ridiculous, dirty trick” in a series of smear attempts on Angle’s part.

Why porn? There are so many ways to undermine a political opponent: dig up dirt, plant highly leading but not technically libelous statements in the press, or willfully misinterpret their remarks, to name a few. The redirect isn’t even the same as openly claiming that Heck loves anime porn; it’s a a simple correlation between the name “Joe Heck” and images of animated women having sex.

There are also much worse things that politicians can be associated with: giving the OK for mass bombings overseas, advocating against marginalized groups, kickbacks from dubious organizations, denial of human rights, and that’s just off the top of my head. In Angle’s world, porn is evidently worse than all of those.  I mean, she isn’t the most sex-aware person out there. After all, this is a politician who advised rape and incest victims to avoid abortion in favor of making “a lemon situation into lemonade,” placing their birthing capacity over their autonomy over their bodies. In that context, suggesting (even by association) that someone might like porn is probably a mortal insult coming from her.

Even if Heck does like porn — although I’m not saying he does — then he’s just one of billions. Who among us has never looked at porn? I’m reminded of the 2009 study in Montreal that was supposed to be about the effects of porn viewing on men but had to close down prematurely because they couldn’t find any men who’d never watched porn. As long as the porn being watched is fully consensual on everyone’s part, and as long as viewers can tell the difference between porn and real-life sex, who cares whether someone is watching it or not?

In fact, I would respect someone more for admitting they watch porn (like a normal person) than for pretending it doesn’t exist or is inherently immoral. Not to mention, a lot more folks would pay attention to politics if they got to see some porn while they’re at it.

If Angle really thinks porn is so terrible, maybe she should move towards implementing sex education for young people to teach them about the differences between fantasy and reality when it comes to sex and about how to develop a healthy relationship to both. Or she could just stick to demonizing any form of sexuality, especially for girls and women, that aren’t strictly procreative. Unfortunately, that seems to be working so far.