Representative Lauren Boebert tweeted out something even more bizarre than usual on Sunday, baffling Twitter users across the political spectrum. Having apparently just finished time-traveling from the year 2002, she posted a clip from the song “Sk8er Boi” by pop star Avril Lavigne, asking if “the delusional Left” had “canceled” her for the song.
Livigne was a popular singer in the early-to-mid 2000s, fading from relevance since but has continued to make music and perform over the years.
The clip features the very beginning of the hit song, declaring that “he was a boy, she was a girl, can I make it anymore obvious?” Many commenters expressed confusion at the tweet, but considering Boebert’s record and general far-right hysteria over gender, the best we can figure is that this was some kind of jab at trans people and their supporters because binary genders were mentioned, maybe? She also could have been referring to the basic heteronormative trope of declaring that if there’s a boy and a girl in the same vicinity, they must want romance with one another.
But we don’t expect Boebert to be familiar with the term “heteronormative.”
Of course, back in 2002, these topics were not nearly as widespread as they are now, a full 20 years later. Many Twitter users were simply baffled as to why she would pull what is now basically a historical clip from a decades-old song instead of finding something even slightly relevant to tweet about. For example, she could have talked about the devastating wildfire that burned down hundreds of homes and killing a still-unknown number of people in the state she represents.
Even if the song had been released recently, it likely would have caused little controversy among those who actually understand the issues facing trans people and the larger “debate” around gender, but Republicans like Boebert often like to find any excuse to attack them. This recent tweet brings up memories of the time she declared on her account that her “pronoun is ‘Patriot,'” leading to mass ridicule over the fact that she doesn’t seem to understand what a pronoun is.
In June 2021, she attacked the first transgender Olympic athlete, misgendering her a “biological male” and complaining that the U.S. competitor, a cisgender woman, would be at a disadvantage. The trans athlete, Laurel Hubbard, actually ended up losing, placing last in her group, but Boebert didn’t comment on that.
Twitter commenters, meanwhile, have been dragging her all week long for this one.