Clinton’s ‘feminism is fleek’ IS a joke, says original tweeter
A tweet that quoted Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton using millennial slang to express views on feminism was just a joke, the author of the post said on Wednesday.
Brian Abrams (@BrianAbrams) caused a Twitter storm on Tuesday when he tweeted:
Hillary Clinton just said feminism is “fleek.”
— Brian Abrams (@BrianAbrams) April 5, 2016
Abrams, an editor at onling web mag Death and Taxes, set off viral reactions from Clinton’s supporters and detractors, some of whom mocked the 68-year-old’s use of millennial slang with tweets such as these:
@BrianAbrams I, for one, find this adorable… in the “mom trying to be hip to the lingo” kind of way. You do you, Hillary.
— Christina Wallace (@cmwalla) April 5, 2016
@BrianAbrams wait until she says “healthcare is bae”
— Santos L. Halper (@dinosponges) April 5, 2016
The word “fleek” was popularized by rapper Nicki Minaj in a track she produced with Beyonce, in which she talked about herself being at the top of her game with the lyric: “Kitty on fleek, pretty on fleek.” The phrase “on fleek” is generally used over “is fleek,” hence some of the scorn for Clinton.
In a Twitter message to Reuters on Wednesday, Abrams said that the tweet was a joke. “I tweeted it and went into a meeting, came back seven minutes later and realized I started an amusing dumpster fire,” he said.
He said he thought the tweet took off because people believed it was something Clinton would say.
“I never had the intention to ‘prank’ people or whatever,” he said. “But it was fascinating to watch, I cannot lie.”
A representative for the Hillary Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reported by Melissa Fares and Gina Cherelus