Mitt Romney declares love of papaya; Twitter melts down

http://twitter.com/#!/mediaite/status/235542857786728448

If your Twitter timeline tonight seems to have an unusual amount of papaya in it, there’s a reason. It’s an incredibly stupid reason, but a reason nonetheless, and if it can be spun as a campaign gaffe, then all the better.

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher notes that, during an interview with a Cuban-American radio station in Florida yesterday, Mitt Romney told the host he was a big fan of papaya, which is Cuban slang for vagina. So … what was the point again?

Hey guys! Mitt Romney hates Hispanics because, vagina: http://t.co/rhDhNqPf #TheStupidItBurns

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 15, 2012

It's not a GAFFE @tommyxtopher. It's called PAPAYA!!! That's the name of the fruit!!! http://t.co/y5y7Aoaa

— Mary Chastain (@mchastain81) August 15, 2012

Don't understand #tcot agita over the papaya story. You guys get upset about weird shit. http://t.co/xazt11Oi

— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) August 15, 2012

Well, “weird shit” is a good way of putting it. If anyone was upset, though, they didn’t stay upset for long. Like the saying goes, if Twitter hands you papayas, make … papaya jokes?

@tommyxtopher Nobody is upset. We are laughing at the stupidity of your piece

— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 15, 2012

This may be the single dumbest item ever to run on the Internet in the history of the planet. http://t.co/eXuAMJ2J

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 15, 2012

RT this if you think there's absolutely nothing wrong with Mitt Romney saying he likes papaya– the fruit or the alternate meaning.

— Liz Mair (@LizMair) August 15, 2012

#PapayaFacts: A papaya once beat Joe Biden on Celebrity Jeopardy!

— SFK (@stephenkruiser) August 15, 2012

This is true. RT @CAAmyO: @jpodhoretz "our founding fathers fought for the right to pursue papaya not guarantee papaya"

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) August 15, 2012

If James Taranto were on Twitter right now, he would be replying to roughly 2000 papaya tweets with the phrase, "That's what she said."

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 15, 2012

The papaya meme even managed to revive an even more senseless hashtag game from earlier this year, morphing into #ReplaceMovieNamesWithPapaya. This must be comedy gold in Cuba.

Oh heck. Rebel Without a Papaya. #ReplaceMovieNamesWithPapaya

— MontserratBiedermann (@montserratlj) August 15, 2012

Bang the Papaya Slowly #replacemovietitlewithpapaya #Iwin

— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) August 15, 2012

#replacemovietitlewithpapaya – Dude, Where's My Papaya?

— Joe American (@MidAmericanGuy) August 15, 2012

Journey to the Center of the Papaya #ReplaceMovieNamesWithPapaya

— Shannon (@lembas_n_coffee) August 15, 2012

Crouching Tangelo, Hidden Papaya #ReplaceMovieNamesWithPapaya

— MushKatniss (@MushKat) August 15, 2012

The Papaya Chase #replacemovietitleswithpapaya

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) August 15, 2012

When Papaya Met Sally #ReplaceMovieNamesWithPapaya

— ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ #Benghazi (@emaleroland) August 15, 2012

https://twitter.com/FirstTeamTommy/status/235560592931438593

Three Men & A Papaya #ReplaceMovieNamesWithPapaya

— DC Dude (@DCDude1776) August 15, 2012

#ReplaceMovieNamesWithPapaya why is this trending… I don't care it's hilarious

— ॐ Robin Wagner ॐ (@RobinWagner8) August 15, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/14/mitt-romney-declares-love-of-papaya-on-cuban-american-radio-twitter-melts-down/

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