On Sunday night, some of hip-hop's most formidable legends—Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem—delivered the halftime show at Super Bowl LVI.
For Gen X and millennials, the performance was a nostalgic celebration of some of the genre's greatest performers, but for Charlie Kirk—founder of conservative youth PAC Turning Point USA, it was "sexual anarchy."
Kirk lambasted the performance in a widely-ridiculed tweet.
Kirk, who frequently claims to support free speech and revile so-called "cancel culture," said the performance never should've been allowed on television, suggesting this opinion was due to its sexual themes.
But a look into the scandals of Kirk's own organization suggest a level of hypocrisy.
Turning Point USA frequently holds rallies and conservative conventions such as AmericaFest, often frequented by notable Republican elected officials and media personalities.
At one afterparty for AmericaFest in Phoenix at the end of last year, one Turning Point ambassador held a raucous afterparty that featured one woman dancing in American flag lingerie.
The ambassador who threw the party, Lance Johnson, was removed from the organization. The afterparty was also attended by far-right Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida, who is currently the subject of a criminal investigation into the potential trafficking of a minor.
At another Turning Point conference in Florida in December of 2020, the organization used brand ambassadors for Bang Energy, known as "Bang Girls," who shot cash into the audience.
People soon began calling Kirk out for hypocrisy, even by fellow right-wingers.
But the mockery of Kirk was still bipartisan.
Kirk's has since moved on to other supposed controversies.