Va. AG’s ‘72 Virginans’ Osama Tweet Goes Awry

Turns out he doesn't want to be bin Laden's virgin, he wants to be his Virginian
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2011 8:24 AM CDT
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Tweets Virginian Joke About Osama bin Laden, Confuses Everyone
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, left, listens as Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a ceremony on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Virginia's attorney general learned all about the dangers of Twitter yesterday, when he sent out a tweet that made at least one writer think he wanted to "service bin Laden, sexually, in the great beyond." The offending tweet from Ken Cuccinelli: "How much would I give to be one of the 72 Virginans Osama is 'hanging out' with since Sunday?" Of course, some assumed he meant "virgins," which led to quite an uproar, reports the Virginian-Pilot.

"Is Cuccinelli a virgin, or was he—perhaps more disturbingly—shooting for 'Virginians' with this tweet?" wondered Jason Linkins on the Huffington Post. Turns out Cuccinelli was, in fact, aiming for "Virginians," in reference to a joke that went around the Internet recently. (Think bin Laden being greeted after death by 72 such names as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, rather than the virgins he expected—read the entire joke here.) Cuccinelli quickly clarified his tweet, and even spelled Virginians correctly the second time around—but apparently didn't pick up on his initial typo. (Read more Ken Cuccinelli stories.)

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