Within the crowded field of the GOP presidential race, candidates must endeavor to set themselves apart from one another. Some do this by holding massive rallies, while others go door to door and meet their constituents up close and personal; then there are the TV ads. Sometimes they work out well, but if you’re anything like Ted Cruz, they can sometimes blow up in your face. The Texas Senator turned Presidential Candidate recently had to pull an ad for his campaign due to the unknown (and less than wholesome) filmography of one of its actresses.
According to The Wrap, the Ted Cruz campaign has just pulled a TV ad upon learning that an actress featured in the ad has a history in the adult film industry. The actress in question, named Amy Lindsay, has appeared in numerous adult films such as Kinky Sex Club, Bikini Airways (great airline, by the way), and of course the classic Timegate: Tales of the Saddletramps. Seriously, wouldn’t you just love to have the job of naming pornographic films for a day? The Wrap also reports that the Cruz campaign issued a statement to Buzzfeed explaining the whole thing as a mistake by the commercial’s production company – seemingly in an attempt to deflect culpability for the incident:
The actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job… Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the production company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad.
The advertisement in question leveled accusations of failure against the other candidates in the race – particularly Senator Marco Rubio. Centering on a group called “Conservatives Anonymous,” the ad follows a support group of conservatives sharing the ways in which the people running for the GOP nomination have let them down. The ad ends with a brief jab at Rubio, at which point Amy Lindsay’s character advises that “Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time,” which is pretty much a paper thin way of poking fun at Rubio’s youth appearance and demeanor.
All that being said, Amy Lindsay has numerous non-pornographic film credits to her name, including an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, and Disney Channel movie Stepsister from Planet Weird. Seriously, not porn parodies of these projects, she actually appeared on Star Trek and a Disney movie. It seems like nothing personal; Ted Cruz has very much positioned himself as an old-fashioned candidate within the GOP race in his attempts to garner socially conservative, evangelical votes. Openly associating with members of the porn industry isn’t exactly the best way to go around trying to get votes from members of these communities, but then again we're not political scholars.
At the end of the day this merely represents another bit of fodder to be used by the various candidates on the long campaign trail. The race for the GOP nomination has become decidedly cutthroat, and as the election gets closer and closer Cruz’ opponents like Donald Trump and John Kasich likely won’t let this go unnoticed. We will keep you up to date on all of the hilarious incidents as they occur; stay tuned!