Appearance: The most extensive online photo gallery of women’s feet.
Oh. Gross. Now, now, don’t be like that. Studies reveal foot fetishes to be incredibly common. Foot fetishism doesn’t hurt anyone and it brings pleasure to people, and you should grow up. But have you seen feet? They look like bits of mangled swamp wood. I’ll try another angle. What if I told you that wikiFeet was reportedly visited by 700,000 people every week, and among them are the best amateur detectives since Jessica Fletcher?
Now I’m interested. OK, I’ll tell you about the strange case of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fake nude feet. As in the congresswoman? That’s it. This weekend, someone on Reddit posted a picture of a woman’s legs and feet. You couldn’t see her face, but she was in a bath holding a vape pen, and the image was emblazoned with text suggesting Ocasio-Cortez had posted it on Instagram in 2016.
I don’t think I saw this. Really? You don’t subscribe to the r/drama subreddit?
Oh boy. Here’s the thing: the pictured feet were not those of Ocasio-Cortez.
How can you be so sure? Because the good people of wikiFeet immediately recognised the post as a fake.
They did? A wikiFeet user told Vice that the feet in the image looked as if they suffered from brachydactyly – an inherited trait whereby the bones of fingers and toes are relatively short compared with the rest of the body – but this didn’t align with wikiFeet’s gallery of Ocasio-Cortez. She has her own gallery? Absolutely. WikiFeet – which describes itself as “a collaborative site for sharing, rating and discussing celebrity feet pictures and videos” – has 15 photos of Ocasio-Cortez.
And what’s the verdict? The wikiFeet community has rated her feet 3.25 stars out of five, which means she has “OK feet”.
Wow, the internet is so harsh. It is – and ingenious. Thanks to the collective minds of the wikiFeet and Reddit communities, Ocasio-Cortez has avoided a potentially career-ending scandal. The scandal being that she vapes and washes her body? It’s so much worse: the image shows a bottle of pumpkin-scented shampoo. I could never vote for anyone whose hair stinks of pumpkins. Me neither. That’s a fetish too sick.
Do say: “The internet is capable of facilitating profound acts of deduction.”
Don’t say: “And pleasuring itself over pictures of celebrities’ feet.”
Wrong-footed: the feet claimed to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s