Cawthorn says the lingerie photos were from the Cruise Game Show
U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina is the subject of an “exclusive” new Politico story with photos that show him “wearing women’s lingerie in [a] public setting”. The article calls the photographs “the latest in a series of unflattering headlines for the freshman congressman.”
Cawthorn was quick to respond to the post on Twitter, saying the images were “goofy vacation pics” that simply showed “playing while on a cruise.”
The link in Cawthorn’s tweet led to an article on Cruise Critic’s website titled “Royal Caribbean‘s Quest Game Show.” The logo and the words “The Quest” in the background of the images published by Politico appear to match photographs of Royal Caribbean on the cruise’s website.
The article describes a public game show with a crowd of participants and publishes the following description.
Here’s how it worked: the cruise director would ask a member or members of the crew to bring him a certain requested item. The first team to arrive with the requested item gets the most points, the second gets the second highest, and the third…well, you guessed it. After the top three teams, all other teams that arrive with the item each receive one point. It started innocently enough, with requests for items like “a tie” or “a sock with a hole” (yes, every sock has at least ONE hole in it). But it soon turned a bit more bawdy: a man wearing lipstick or someone with their pants on backwards. In the end, it was barely controlled mayhem, with a male member of our group wearing a bra and poorly applied makeup declaring his name to be Savannah Sunshine.
In its article accompanying Cawthorn’s photos, Politico noted that he had previously “outraged fellow Republicans with accusations of orgies and drug use,” and once suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a drinking problem. Politico acknowledged Cawthorn’s tweeted response to his post in a later update, adding that the photos were taken during a game played while on a cruise.
We contacted Royal Caribbean to find out more about the game show. We also contacted Cawthorn for additional comments on the cruise photos. This story will be updated if we receive more details.