Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, who is running to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, apologized Monday for writing a review of a Broadway play years ago in which he said the actresses’ “only qualifications seem to be their phenomenally large breasts and tight buttocks.”
The review was originally published in the 1990s in the Columbia Daily Spectator about the Broadway musical “The Will Rogers Follies.”
“I am ashamed of what I wrote and I apologize,” O’Rourke said in a statement, per Politico. “There is no excuse for making disrespectful and demeaning comments about women.”
In the review, O’Rourke condemned the musical for being a prime example of “sickening excesses and moral degradations in our culture.”
“One thing that should be taken into consideration, however, is that I was the youngest person in the crowd by about 60 years,” O’Rourke continued. “Though I found it revolting, most people from that long-ago, faraway generation really enjoyed the show, and were very pleased with the performances.”
O’Rourke then noted that the lead role was “surrounded by perma-smile actresses whose only qualifications seem to be their phenomenally large breasts and tight buttocks.”
O’Rourke is running a surprisingly competitive and well-funded campaign against Cruz in a deep-red state. The two will face off in the 2018 midterm election in November.