In yet another embarrassing web of deceit, Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) reportedly lied to potential donors about being a Broadway producer while he was running for Congress during the last election cycle.
And it’s not so much that Santos lied.
It’s that he lied about producing what was the biggest flop in Broadway history: “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.”
He could have picked any musical to lie about, but he chose this one, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Why would you do that unless you secretly sleep on Spidey sheets and dream of being a comic book hero?
And make no mistake, the musical failed spectacularly.
“Santos and Spider-Man do have something in common: they’re both well-known for things not going as planned,” Bloomberg reports. “Spider-Man, at a cost of $75 million, is the most expensive musical ever made. The show featured music by rock stars Bono and the Edge, as well as aerial combat scenes and complex scenery. Plagued by high costs and technical problems, the production closed at a financial loss.”
What’s more, it seems Santos had very little to do with it.
When Spider-Man was playing on Broadway, Santos was in his early to mid 20s and was still living in Brazil for some of 2011, the year it opened. He worked as a customer service representative at a call center for Dish Network in Queens from late 2011 to 2012, according to the New York Times. In 2013, he founded Friends of Pets United to raise money for sick animals. The group was never registered as a charity and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now probing it, POLITICO reported earlier this week.
Santos’s name never appeared in the playbills, and the musical’s lead producer, Michael Cohl, said through an assistant that Santos was not a producer on the show.
Instead, it appears likely that this is just another in a long line of lies from the pernicious Pinocchio.
In late December, as an incoming congressman, Santos was forced to admit that he lied about pretty much everything surrounding his background, including – but sadly not limited to – his education, sexuality, and work experience.
As BizPac Review reported at the time, he apologized to the New York Post.
“I am not a criminal. This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success,” he said. “I will be effective. I will be good.”
‘I’ll be good’: George Santos owns up to ’embellishing’ his resume, vows to be an ‘effective’ lawmaker https://t.co/hUsqS54Keq pic.twitter.com/OQMKQuDCei
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 27, 2022
He claimed his mother was a victim of 9/11, then tweeted five months later that she died in December 2016.
And in January, he had to tell the world he wasn’t a drag queen after images of him “having fun” 15 years ago at a party in Brazil surfaced.
George Santos admits he dressed as a woman, says he was just having ‘fun’ and is not a drag queen https://t.co/ojz1SFR163 pic.twitter.com/m6FNDbHjiD
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 23, 2023
Online, Twitter users can’t help but laugh.
“I don’t know why he would want to claim that show,” wrote one user. “He must not have seen it.”
George Santos claimed he produced Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. I don’t know why he would want to claim that show. He must not have seen it.
— Loris Boyd (@boydloris4) February 4, 2023
But have you ever seen George Santos and Spiderman in the same room? pic.twitter.com/ucyzYT17zp
— Roktgurl (@Roktgurl) February 4, 2023
George Santos has been a wild ride but claiming he was a producer on the Spiderman musical proves he is performance art.
— gwen frisbie-fulton (@gwen_fulton) February 4, 2023
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