Ted Cruz’s Twitter and the mainstream appeal of incest porn

Which came first: porn or pop culture?

An accidental like of a porn video from Sen. Ted Cruz’s Twitter account just after midnight on Tuesday was met with an eventual denial from the former presidential candidate, who blamed a sloppy aide for the misfire.

The two-minute, 20-second clip that Cruz liked on the @SexuallPosts Twitter account was from a Reality Kings video called “Moms Bang Teens 20,” which followed actress Cory Chase as she walked in on her step-daughter (Avalon Heart) having sex with her boyfriend (Bruce Venture).

Pornhub removed the video from its content behind a paywall — which operates as a $ 10 ad-free subscription service with 100,000 high definition videos — at 10 a.m. Tuesday. It reached 1,000,000 views by 1 p.m., making it the fastest porn video on the site to reach that mark, according to Pornhub.

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“Now our fans can check out the same video a Presidential nominee, and current Senator, watched in its entirety,” Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in a statement to the Daily News.

Early Tuesday morning, Senator Ted Cruz’s Twitter account liked a porn video.

Early Tuesday morning, Senator Ted Cruz’s Twitter account liked a porn video.

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But Cruz, who denied he ever watched the video or liked the tweet early Tuesday, isn’t alone in his apparent sexual preference: incest and step-incest pornography has become less taboo as pop culture has embraced the genre.

In 2016, “step mom” was the most searched term on Pornhub in the United States. “Step sister,” “MILF” (Mother I’d Like to F–k) and “mom” were also among the top results.

Dulcinea Pitagora, a New York-based sex therapist, told The News that incest and step-incest porn hasn’t necessarily become more popular, but is simply mirroring the growing trend in pop culture.

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“Incest porn and sexualixing incest has been around forever, probably literally,” she said.

Cruz blamed an anonymous staffer for the misfire.

Cruz blamed an anonymous staffer for the misfire.

(Cliff Owen/AP)

“There are trends in entertainment and similar trends in porn. They definitely would influence each other.”

Over the years, TV shows and movies have blurred the line between sex and family. Films like “Clueless,” “Cruel Intentions” and “Star Wars” popularized the genre, while shows including “The Brady Bunch,” “Arrested Development,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Game of Thrones” have all glorified sibling and step-sibling relations.

In Western culture, Pitagora said, “incest is one of the more extreme taboos,” but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood.

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Around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, almost two hours after the tweet was liked, Cruz’s senior communications adviser, Catherine Frazier, tweeted that the “offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported by staff and reported to Twitter.”

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“Cruel Intentions” features one of the most mainstream examples of step-incest.

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Twitter prohibits pornography, “including internet pornography and magazines, books and films,” but does not punish users who interact with accounts that violate its terms.

During business hours on Tuesday, Cruz blamed an anonymous staffer.

“There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account and it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button,” he told reporters.

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On Wednesday, the senator again pointed the finger at the staffer, but said it was “an honest mistake.”

"Game of Thrones" has become known over the years for its incestual relationships.

“Game of Thrones” has become known over the years for its incestual relationships.

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Cruz also spoke about the need for privacy, a sentiment that Pitagora later echoed.

“Consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms,” he told CNN.

The sex therapist similarly urged the acceptance of a private life behind closed doors, particularly from politicians, athletes and celebrities who immediately go on the defensive when caught in sticky situations.

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“Sometimes they’ll believe it and sometimes they won’t, but denial reinforces that that is the correct thing to say, the correct way to behave,” Pitagora told The News.

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Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia didn’t know they were related when they kissed in “Empire Strikes Back.”

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“It continues to reinforce the pathologization of sexuality, which can be damaging, not only for marginalized populations but also for mainstream populations. It’s the repressing of sexuality: it’s bad to watch porn and bad to feel sexual.”

The main concern, Pitagora said, is separating fantasy from reality.

“You can have whatever fantasy life you want,” she told The News. “Your sexual fantasy life can be very different from your behavioral life as long as you know the difference.”

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