During a White House press briefing on Friday, April 9, Transporation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was asked about reopening cruise lines.
"I care a lot about seeing the cruise sector thrive. I know that the CDC is hopeful that a lot of these operators will be in an opportunity to be sailing by mid-summer, and laying out these specific gates they need to get through, is a very important step toward that."
At a White House briefing today, @PeteButtigieg said, “The CDC is hopeful that a lot of these operators will be abl… https://t.co/kJrPkNBZUR— jeff george (@jeff george)1617994084.0
Buttigieg, an openly gay man, prompted countless jokes from Twitter comedians who saw headlines about the politician supporting "cruising."
Y’all really had NO gays to run this copy by? https://t.co/hcuHdHKmPI— Baron Batsby 🦇 (@Baron Batsby 🦇)1618064450.0
I take one nap and Pete Buttigieg is talking about cruising?!? what is going ON— Casey Plett (@Casey Plett)1617995011.0
Pete said “GAY RIGHTS” 🏳️🌈 CRUISING IS INFRASTRUCTURE!!! https://t.co/QOOZHPlbZR— Austin (@Austin)1618017688.0
Buttigieg was obviously referring to leisurely sailing vacations, not the other sort of cruising Twitter might be joking about.
@thepointsguy Where does Pete recommend— gregory ossoff (@gregory ossoff)1617991625.0
@thepointsguy pacific rim idk— F. Thot Bitchgerald (@F. Thot Bitchgerald)1617991909.0
@thepointsguy https://t.co/srhcVAMGnH— Dame Angela Lansbury News 😷 (@Dame Angela Lansbury News 😷)1617993469.0
Many quipped that Buttigieg didn't seem like the type of guy who would "cruise."
I hadn’t pegged Pete as the cruising type https://t.co/Nrg7DW2D9v— Lana Del Gay 🏳️🌈👻✨ (@Lana Del Gay 🏳️🌈👻✨)1617995428.0
@thepointsguy I don't even think Pete knows what cruising is— John Brown's Body (@John Brown's Body)1617992923.0
@thepointsguy to all the people did not pick up on the implications "gay official tells people to go cruising" allo… https://t.co/QXJpGrYYwu— Valentina (@Valentina)1617992446.0
Many news outlets helped spread the joke, often inadvertantly.
.@PeteButtigieg wants to bring cruising back in 2021. (Not that kind of cruising.) https://t.co/h49Zh6LitD— The Advocate (@The Advocate)1618005600.0
inspired by the pete buttigieg headline I decided to google "gay cruising spots [my current location]" just to see… https://t.co/lEPabsKPLB— swiftie jo (@swiftie jo)1617993039.0
Is it me or when @PeteButtigieg wanted "#cruising to resume this summer" I thought of something totally different t… https://t.co/WNyJN4iV33— Ian Cunningham (@Ian Cunningham)1618080027.0
It's going to be a very exciting summer according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg!
Lmfao oh hell yeah https://t.co/sHmODyBAY8— 𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐎𝐍 (@𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐎𝐍)1617994325.0
@Devon_OnEarth There is absolutely no way Pete Buttigieg knows what cruising is— Attack and Dethrone God🌹 (@Attack and Dethrone God🌹)1617994941.0
No matter how you interpret Buttigieg's comments, we can all certainly look forward to a summer filled with cruising.