Politics

Here's What Donald Trump's 'Locker Room Talk' Did to Porn

October 12th 2016

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's controversial comments about grabbing women "by the p*ssy" caused a tremendous uproar with the American public, and now we know it's affecting porn.

A 2005 recording released last week featured the presidential candidate's graphic "locker room talk," as he and his supporters called it. The controversy shoved the word "p*ssy" into national conversation, even prompting CNN analysts to say it on the the air.

Thanks to data from Pornhub we know that Trump's "locker room talk" changed the way people are searching for porn. After the release of the controversial tape, searches for "p*ssy" rose by 7 percent compared to the week before.

But Trump wasn't the only internet phenomenon to change America's porn habits.

After the second presidential debate on Sunday, held only two days after Trump's scandalous tape was released, Ken Bone emerged as an internet star.

His amazing red sweater snuck into America's heart, and also their porn searches. Searches for "Ken Bone" shot up 186 percent following the second presidential debate.

Searches for Kenneth Bone after the second presidential debate.

ATTN: previously reported that people stopped watching porn to watch the first presidential debate, but the most recent debate saw an even bigger drop. During the hours of the the second presidential debate, Pornhub saw an average 18 percent drop in traffic in the U.S. compared to a 16 percent drop during the first debate.

In an unexpected kinkier turn, people are increasingly looking up porn parodies of the presidential candidates.

"The popularity of these debates (and the 2016 election in general) has an effect on what Pornhub users are searching for," Pornhub wrote on its insights blog. "Numerous porn parodies featuring Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton can be found online, and it seems that election related news will cause increased searches."

Presidential candidate searches.

One news item in particular caused porn users to run to their search bar: Trump's feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Trump tweeted that people should "look up her sex tape" after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accused him of mocking her weight and Latina heritage.

The fight actually caused many Pornhub users to look up Trump instead of Machado.

"Trump had his “huuuuuge” comeback a few days later on October 1 when searches shot through the roof after his late-night tweets attacking former Miss Universe Alicia Machado," Pornhub wrote. "One of Trumps tweets suggested that people should check out her sex-tape, but it seems that a lot of those people went looking for a Trump video instead."

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