Oh, my! This is reminiscent of the old homophone vs. homophobe confusion earlier this year. What a difference one letter makes!
Other Twitter users were also quite confused over who made the media frenzy-inspiring, absurd comments about rape. Missourians, did you know that Akon is representing you? Hey, at least it’s not Al Franken!
— MarketPlunger (@MarketPlunger) August 20, 2012
Still can't believe Akon said all that shit about rape. http://t.co/eI2KNKFg
— Christinia Wellen (@Christiniaisa) August 20, 2012
I just discovered that Akin and Akon are not the same person. Happy to move forward now that so much peace has b… http://t.co/5gdI41SN
— Christinia Wellen (@Christiniaisa) August 21, 2012
Thought "Akon" the rapper made dumb comments about rape. Turns out, it was "Akin" the politician who made dumb comments about rape.
— Bill English (@SirTruthaLot) August 20, 2012
Others, however, are in on the joke. This Twitter user gives a plausible explanation for the befuddlement.
I keep confusing Akin (Todd, douchebag) with Akon (Hiphop Artist). To be fair though, both of them seem to have issues with rape.
— Wil (@GinWielder) August 21, 2012
And others keep the jokes going.
@joshgreenman Akon said that grinding on stage w/ underaged girls is not rape. I think.
— Jeb Bos (@BigJebBos) August 19, 2012
Wait, WHAT did the musician Akon say about rape??
— Eric Spratling (@ericspratling) August 21, 2012
Akin and Akon are two different people, right?
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) August 21, 2012
Akon believes pregnancy doesn't happen during rape, because the body autotunes the sperm out.
— PolkPanther (@polkpanther) August 19, 2012
To be fair, I was always surprised a hip-hop artist like Akon was even running as a Republican.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) August 20, 2012