"Please DO NOT use the hashtag #YachtCocaineProstitutes in reference to @DevinNunes. He does not like it. Thank you. #YachtCocaineProstitutes"
The hashtag #YachtCocaineProstitutes was the top trend all day Tuesday, and Patton Oswalt couldn't help getting involved in the fun.
It all started when it emerged Republican Representative Devin Nunes was suing his local newspaper for connecting him to a story involving prostitutes, cocaine and a yacht.
The Fresno Bee, which Nunes described as a "joke" and a "left-wing rag" just this February, published an article with the headline: "A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Nunes sued after fundraiser event."
It detailed a 2016 lawsuit brought by a woman named Alene Anase against her employer Alpha Omega Winery in Napa Valley, after they asked her to serve guests as part of a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay.
According to the court documents what should have been a routine shift turned into a nightmare, as 25 of the winery's top investors, all men, brought aboard what appeared to be cocaine and a harem of prostitutes — some of whom appeared to be "too young to consent".
According to Anase's lawsuit, the men on board drew straws to see who got which sex worker, before bringing them all below deck to engage in sexual activity. Afterwards they "lined the prostitutes up on the deck of the yacht, reviewed out loud and in detail the sexual services performed and paid them in front of Plaintiff." One of the men even suggested Anase too should "provide services of a sexual nature."
She said that when she radioed her employer back on the mainland for help, she was told to "lie low"to avoid harassment.
While the article did not claim Nunes was one of the investors onboard, the politician sued for defamation.
Nunes, a former dairy farmer, had already gained online infamy recently for suing Twitter itself, as well as two parody accounts — Devin Nunes' cow and Devin Nunes' mom.
On Tuesday, "Ellen" Exec Producer Andy Lassner kicked off a mass trolling of Nunes on Twitter by ordering his followers not to tweet about #YachtCocaineProstitutes and tag @DevinNunes... which is of course what everyone did.
"Please DO NOT use the hashtag #YachtCocaineProstitutes in reference to @DevinNunes. He does not like it. Thank you. #YachtCocaineProstitutes," he tweeted.
Within a matter of hours tens of thousands of tweets had been posted using the hashtag, making it the top trending topic on Twitter.
Oswalt joked: "I know why #YachtCocaineProstitutes is trending and I appreciate the sentiment but me and @MeredthSalenger's wedding vows are between us and shouldn't be a hashtag."
The "Case Against Adnan Syed" attorney Rabia Chaudry even joined in: "Please don't RT this bc it is terrible to connect @DevinNunes to the hashtag #YachtCocaineProstitutes"
PornHub's official account got involved of course, jibing: #YachtCocaineProstitutes Our newest category, unveiled.
Nunes' other claim to fame is as a member of President Trump's transition team, who was the first to denounce any investigations into Russian collusion as "a witch hunt".