Photos of Pete Buttigieg with a beard are turning heads all over social media.
The hashtag #BeardedButtigieg is trending with gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigeig from what appears to be his time in the Navy with a beard.
The photos sparked major internet thirst and kenneth in the (212), a popular gay blog, titled its coverage of them as
“Mayor Woof for President”
“I’ll bet the gays wouldn’t be complaining about this candidate.”
Sad news for beard lovers though, Buttigieg’s facial hair is #FakeNews.
Jim Fall, director of the gay classic Trick and the upcoming Trick 2, added the hair through FaceApp, an application that can change the appearance of a face to another age or gender. It can also add tattoos, makeup, and, it seems, beards.
Fall created and posted the doctored shots yesterday to Facebook, where they caught fire and were widely shared
Fall told The Advocate, said he was inspired to create the images after being
“impressed with [Buttigieg’s] ability to stay cool and smart” during last night’s “fiery debate in Las Vegas.”
Fall decided to make his own from his favorite shots of the politician
“and damn, he looks good with a full-on beard!”
In creating #BeardedButtigieg Fall hopes to encourage positive conversations around Buttigieg in LGTBQ online spaces.
“It’s amazing to me that we are living in a time where an out gay married man is a serious contender for the presidency.
No matter what you feel about his specific politics, the LGBTQ community should be celebrating. I see so many gay men on social media knocking him down, and it’s disheartening. You don’t have to love him or even support him, but don’t disrespect him. Don’t eat your own.”
I think seeing Pete with a beard gives people pause. It’s like, dang, he’s smart and sexy. That’s an intoxicating combination.”
WOWlebrity Joey Dubé posted this altered meme of bearded Pete with VP Pence and wife/mother which was shared on WOW‘s Facebook to MILES of comments!
(FYI, a beard is an antiquated gay term for a fake girlfriend or wife. *see Rock Huson)