House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy has asked Breitbart News to pull his column after the conservative website launched new artwork featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's head on a twerking Miley Cyrus' body.
Breitbart News ran into trouble Monday when it launched its California branch with several altered images of public figures. Promotional materials also included a photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's face Photoshopped onto a topless female body, and California Gov. Jerry Brown depicted as a bodybuilder flexing his bicep.
It seemed, however, that the twerking Pelosi is what prompted Mr. McCarthy to pull the plug.
"We didn't condone [the pictures]," said Matt Sparks, a spokesman for Mr. McCarthy, The Los Angeles Times reported. "We thought it was the right thing to do to ask for the column to be removed."
Ron Nehring, a candidate for lieutenant governor, contributed a piece to Breitbart News about how conservatives need to go on the offensive in California, The Times reported.
"I have not seen the image in question. If it is in poor taste, it should, of course, be taken down," he said of the Pelosi pic.
On Monday, Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the images "foul, offensive, and disrespectful to all women."
"It is a disgusting new low and would be reprehensible against any woman — regardless of party," she said in a statement. "It's no wonder the Republicans are having problems appealing to women. If GOP leaders are serious about their rebrand, then both their elected and Party leadership should condemn this outrageous behavior, call on Breitbart News to immediately remove the ad, and not continue to use this website as a forum for their views."
The new politics editor for Breitbart California, Jon Fleischman, told The Times that critics of the photos "need to get over it."
"The folks at Breitbart have always been known as edgy," he said. "They made sure there was an element of that in the launch."
The images were created by Sabo of Unsavory Agents — the artist responsible for the image of a tattooed Ted Cruz smoking a cigarette.
Sabo said the images are intended to make the new Breitbart site "edgy as hell."
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