Does New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have pierced nipples?
That is the question on the minds of legions of social media users.
As the New York Democrat grapples with the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on his state’s healthcare system and infrastructure, Cuomo’s profile has spiked in the public eye.
But the Cuomo family scion’s handling of the crisis facing the Empire State isn’t the only thing that has tongues wagging.
New York-based artist Jeanette Hayes on Monday queried whether Cuomo, who has been described in the international press as a “tough guy,” has a “nip piercing.”
— Jesper Dahl (@DahlJesper) March 30, 2020
Hayes was not alone in trying to identify the mysterious cluster of mini-bulges protruding from the center of Cuomo’s pectorals.
I really don’t get it the governor’s nipples looked totally normal last year pic.twitter.com/ZdYRy1kEaM
— Gabrielle Bluestone (@g_bluestone) March 30, 2020
Other Twitter users confessed to not being able to “stop thinking about Andrew Cuomo’s nipple piercing.”
One enterprising Twitter detective even claimed to have definitively established that reports of Cuomo’s “pierced nips” were authentic.
I thought this might be photoshopped, so I did a little investigating. Andrew Cuomo does, in fact, appear to have a nipple piercing.
— Me (@MalpalCreation) March 31, 2020
Reactions ranged from outright derision from the right to celebration of Cuomo’s purported forward-thinkingness from liberals.
if andrew cuomo actually does have a nipple piercing i’ll vote for him for president
— isaac (@astrologyslut69) March 31, 2020
Conservative commentator Anthony Brian Logan pondered whether Cuomo was “trying to be Rihanna or what?”
Others urged against “kink shaming” Cuomo for his sartorial proclivities.
“We’re still going up the mountain”
Cuomo on Tuesday revealed that his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
The disclosure came on the same day New York reported that cases in the state had increased by more than 9,000 from a day earlier, to 75,795, with deaths rising by 27 percent to 1,550, the most of any state.
“My brother Chris is positive for coronavirus, we found that this morning. He is going to be fine, he’s young, strong – not as strong as he thinks,” Cuomo told a daily briefing on the coronavirus. “I spoke to him this morning and he is going to be quarantined in his basement.”
The governor was interviewed by his brother on CNN on Monday night and grilled about a potential presidential run given his rising public profile. The elder Cuomo, 62, reiterated that he would not run for president.
The governor said he had ordered 17,000 ventilators from China at an average price of $25,000 each. But of that order, he said, he had firm commitment on only 2,500 units and complained about competing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other states in purchasing the equipment.
“It’s like being on eBay with 50 other states bidding on a ventilator,” Cuomo said. “The federal government, FEMA, should have been the purchasing agent, buy everything, and then allocate by need to the states.”
Cuomo said various predictive models being used by New York indicate the apex of the surge for hospitals will come anywhere from 7 to 21 days from now.
“The virus is more powerful, more dangerous than we expected,” Cuomo said. “We’re still going up the mountain. The main battle is on top of the mountain.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)