Before Thursday evening, Ted Cruz almost did something groundbreaking: A Republican presidential candidate had actually hired a woman who's comfortable expressing her sexuality to appear in a campaign ad. It was almost as if, for a brief moment in time, far-right conservatives had decided to suspend judgment and discrimination and simply accept people for who they are.
When the Cruz campaign discovered it had given a role to a woman who, in the past, has been naked on camera, it immediately took it down and announced it would replace it with a new commercial.
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In the ad, actress Amy Lindsay is seen in a therapy group lamenting about feeling duped by Marco Rubio. Her line: “Maybe you should have voted for more than just a pretty face.” Even Lindsay — a Houston-native actress who has had roles in more than 50 feature films, appeared in episodes of Pacific Blue, Star Trek and HBO's Black Tie Nights, and also appeared in soft-core porn movies some seven-plus years ago — told Buzzfeed that she thought it was pretty sweet that the Cruz campaign gave her the gig. She had thought the campaign had done its homework on all the job candidates and was aware of all her past work.
“In a cool way, then hey, then it’s not just some old, white Christian bigot,” Lindsay, who described herself as a conservative Christian Republican, told Buzzfeed. She added that, with her in the role, people could realize that Cruz supporters “'could be, maybe, a cool kind of open-minded woman like me.'”
But nope, never mind all that. Immediately upon making the discovery that Lindsay has in the past been paid to be naked on camera, the Cruz campaign cut the cord and let her go. Cruz's spokesman, Rick Tyler, explained the campaign's huge mistake to Politico this way: “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,” Tyler said.
Obviously, according to Cruz's campaign, women who express their sexuality however they want, who take off their clothes on screen, must be shunned and distanced — and certainly not given a job.