Debate Audience Member Kenneth Bone: I Wore the Red Sweater Because I Ripped My Suit Seat
Ken Bone, the presidential debate audience member who became an overnight sensation, said that he wore the now famous red sweater because of a wardrobe malfunction.
"When I got in my car to leave for the debate, I ripped the seat out of the pants and destroyed the suit, and had to immediately switch to the nicest thing I have in less than a minute, which is the red sweater," he told Inside Edition.
Bone, dressed in the humble red pullover, asked an earnest question about energy at the debate on Sunday night – but before he even finished, social media users were going crazy over his appearance.
In a multitude of memes, some compared him to Big Al, a character fromToy Story 2.
Before the debate, the coal plant operator from Illinois had just seven Twitter followers. Today, he has 87,000 and counting.
One fan even created a YouTube song in honor of Bone, singing, "You had your moment, yeah, and you completely owned it."
On Monday night, Bone was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. An audience member asked him, “When you asked about energy policy, there was something I knew I needed to ask you: how did you ever get such a fresh and cool style?”
Bone replied, “The short answer is that my wife dresses me.”
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With Halloween around the corner, there’s even a Ken Bone costume kit, complete with a moustache and microphone.
"I think I'm going to go and take this sweater off for a while," Bone told Inside Edition. "It's tired, and I'm tired."