The Claim: An erotic coloring book depicting former Vice President Joe Biden is being marketed to children and sold at Walmart
A viral post on Facebook says an adult coloring book, “Hot Cup of Joe: A Piping Hot Coloring Book with America’s Sexiest Moderate, Joe Biden,” featuring erotic depictions of former Vice President Joe Biden is marketed to children and sold by Walmart .
The post featured images from the book showing a beefy Biden leaving the shower and lying by a fire.
A Facebook user, Lorna ring, noted in a caption that she was able to find the book on the Walmart website. She posted what looked like a screenshot with a caption that the book had been seen for sale at Walmart, “alongside home schooling books and other children’s coloring books.”
This same screenshot was shared widely on social media.
USA TODAY has contacted Ring for comment.
A real book, for adults
Walmart says the book is an adult article. On his website, he is listed under books / funny books / politics.
“For fact-checking purposes, we sell this article on our website and it is not marketed to children,” said Tara House, senior director of corporate communications at Walmart.
The publishing house, St. Martin’s Publishing Group, also responded that the book is intended for adult entertainment.
“‘Hot Cup of Joe: A Piping Hot Coloring Book with America’s Sexiest Moderate, Joe Biden’ is a satirical coloring book for adults,” said Kelly Moran, publicity assistant for St. Martin’s Publishing.
Nonetheless, the book has an overall rating of 1.3 out of 5 on Walmart.com as many comments echo the original post’s message that the book is inappropriate.
Our rating: Partly false
We rate this claim PARTLY FALSE, based on our research. The book is real, published by St. Martin’s and sold by Walmart, among others. However, the coloring book is marketed to adults, not children.
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