Is that a bass?
October 19th, 2010
05:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Is that a bass?

(CNN) - A tweet written to promote a local law enforcement association's endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman inadvertently went viral because it featured a YouTube video of a cross-dressing Asian man rocking out to a pop song.

In a negligee, garters and thigh high stockings.

"SD Cnty Sheriff Assoc says @Whitman2010 http://twitter.com/Whitman2010 4 gov! RT: @Murphy4MegNews http://twitter.com/Murphy4MegNews: CA Cops get it: Jerry Brown is too soft on crime," Whitman campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei tweeted, along with the video.

Pompei on Tuesday saw the humor in the mistake, saying in a one-word statement to CNN: "Oopsie."

At the end of her original tweet was a bit.ly link that was supposed direct followers to a press release. Bit.ly is a common tool used to shorten long URL's into short ones that fit neatly into tweets, text messages and e-mails. So many of the links are assigned, however, that if a single character is removed or altered, the link redirects to an unrelated website.

Pompei's tweet was missing the last letter, and thus, instead of linking to the endorsement announcement, she linked to one of Hyunmo Kim's jam sessions.

After a gentle curtsey, a pop song begins and Kim starts dancing around the room as he plays the bass.

According to his YouTube profile page, most of which is in Korean, Kim "hopes to be the world's greatest stupid idiot bass player."

–CNN's Jillian Harding contributed to this report


Filed under: Meg Whitman
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jun-hi

    At least s/he's not a witch.

    October 19, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Whitman is attempting to BUY the governorship of California! After 8 years of a Republican governor does California want more? NOPE!

    October 19, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Guest

    And Whitman hopes to be the world's greatest stupid idiot governor.

    October 19, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Dwech

    Meg Whitman and California Cops get it: Jerry Brown is too soft on cross-dressing Asian bass players. Oh, the horror!

    October 19, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Joe

    That video seals the deal for me– Whitman in 2010!

    October 19, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. meemawfromthesouth

    I guess this is all Harry Reids fault, too. Just like everything else!

    October 19, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – for a minute I thought she was advocating Gay Rights in a funny way!!! Oh Well!!! Not this time Whitman!!

    Now this is one mistake that can be forgiven – NO SPIN HERE!!!

    LMAO!

    October 19, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    hahahahaha, we know what Meg was watching on youtube before watching the "law enforcement association" video. I guess that second copy and paste didn't work...well at least the evil witch has a sense of humor and has made a cross dressing Asian famous (in addition to sending Asia US jobs)

    BTW google "Don Haidl" if you want to check out the law enforcement association and its members, and Don's son Gregory Haidl is even a better peach than Don.

    October 19, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Do Conservatives always try to out-do the crazy the craziness of other Conservatives???!!!

    October 19, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Republicans is smart in the head area

    LOL! Bet the cross dressing Asian guy has a more solid voting record than Whitman. He "hopes to be the world's greatest stupid idiot bass player" and Whitman hopes California Voters are all stupid idiots. News Flash: We're not. $140M for a 5 point loss.

    October 19, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Do At The Polls

    Meg doesn't have enough money or enough common sense to EVER buy my vote. Those in CA who decided they wanted a movie star as governor are REAL sorry now. Meg is another Arnold (in a dress). They both equal BIG bank accounts and NO common sense. I hope Californians don't make the same mistake twice. As for me, I'll stick with common sense.

    October 19, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. hobart

    LOL. The Republicans should say they did this on purpose, and show us that at least some of them still have a sense of humor.
    ;o)

    October 19, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Rick

    I would happily vote for HJ Freaks over most of the politicians we have to choose from. Awesome bass playing!

    October 19, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. thatscool

    I'd vote for him. Part Geddy Lee, part Sailor Moon. He's bipartisan.

    By the way, as a wannabe otaku, I have to say, K-On rocks! Good song choice, hj!

    October 19, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |