House Whip Kevin McCarthy has pulled a column from Breitbart following a backlash against the conservative news site's new ad campaign featuring an image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's head superimposed onto pop star Miley Cyrus' body.
"We didn't condone them," a spokesperson for the California Republican said of the images, according to Mediaite
. "We thought it was the right thing to do to ask for the column to be removed."
The Photoshopped image combines the scantily-clad Cyrus twerking on her hands and knees during her appearance at last year's MTV Music Video Awards with Pelosi's head, with her mouth open and a superimposed neon-orange tongue lolling from her mouth. It was intended to promote Breitbart's newly launched California political news site. It has instead prompted condemnation from both sides
of the aisle.
The ad campaign also included an image of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's head copied onto a nearly topless woman's body, and California Gov. Jerry Brown's head superimposed onto the topless body of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's from his bodybuilding days.
Just last week, McCarthy praised the launch of Breitbart California, and the House Whip was slated to be a regular columnist for the new site, according to The Wire
McCarthy was given top billing among the expected contributors
, and publicly expressed enthusiasm for its mission.
"This weekend's launch of Breitbart California is a testament to his legacy of holding our public officials accountable for their actions," McCarthy said in a statement, according to ABC News
. "I look forward to the voice of reform-minded Californians being represented without bias as Breitbart California launches."
That tune changed after backlash from the street-art-inspired ad campaign.
"The images are inappropriate," Mike Long, McCarthy's spokesman, told ABC News. "We requested that Whip McCarthy's piece be taken down."
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