What is Andrew Cuomo's Boyfriend Cliff and How Do I Climb It?

On July 13, New York governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a poster commemorating the coronavirus pandemic. During a press conference the same day, he broke down the graphic and explained some of the less-obvious meanings. The poster is complex and includes images of a giant nose being swabbed for the virus, a cruise ship, President Donald Trump sitting on a crescent moon, hand sanitizer and an octopus, among other things.

Here is a high res version of the Cuomo pandemic poster he unveiled today. pic.twitter.com/3LlcewnuOV

— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) July 13, 2020

Governor Cuomo even included his daughters, Cara, Mariah, and Michaela (and his dog, Captain), as part of the group on the righthand side pulling New York's curve back to normalcy.

One particular part of the graphic caught many people's attention — the Boyfriend Cliff. On the right side of the poster, by his daughters, a boy hangs off the edge of the cliff. So, what is the Boyfriend Cliff?

We do like the boyfriend. All boyfriends face a steep climb. https://t.co/y7HBhnxcrx

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 13, 2020

During the July 13 press conference, Governor Cuomo acknowledged it. "Boyfriend cliff is there," he said. "They made the boyfriend look like Zack Fink [a reporter for NY1 News], I'm not sure why."

With no other context, the Twitterverse began speculating what the Boyfriend Cliff is, and contemplated what it could mean. "The 'Boyfriend Cliff' is when you date one of Cuomo's daughters and he doesn't like it so he draws you dying on a public poster," one user posited. "What is happening here? Is this Cuomo driving his daughter's boyfriend off a cliff?" another asked.

Some, however, appreciate the air of mystery. "I hope cuomo never explains the boyfriend cliff and we're left wondering about it for the rest of our lives," one user tweeted.

I think a lot of people are ignoring the additional ominous factor of the car headed directly towards boyfriend cliff pic.twitter.com/K7DUk2OsM7

— Jennifer Klemann (@JennKlemann) July 13, 2020

The boyfriend cliff is the chapter of coronavirus where you have to break up due to social distancing making new relationships completely impractical, thus marking the final tipping point towards complete dystopian dissent. I know this from personal, professional experience. pic.twitter.com/XVoSUKZaMt

— Samantha Hearn (@SamanthaHearn) July 13, 2020

What is happening here? Is this Cuomo driving his daughter’s boyfriend off a cliff? https://t.co/2jSO3P1L6h pic.twitter.com/Q4DNwAp9cz

— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) July 13, 2020

“Boyfriend Cliff is there” Cuomo says of his new NY TOUGH poster pic.twitter.com/eMja87qm4N

— Zach Williams (@ZachReports) July 13, 2020

the "Boyfriend Cliff" is when you date one of Cuomo's daughters and he doesn't like it so he draws you dying on a public poster pic.twitter.com/Ubq8m17veZ

— Katie Sicking (@KatieSicking) July 13, 2020

. @NYGovCuomo explaining his poster art.

"There's the man on the moon, it's just the flu."

"Boyfriend cliff is there. They made the boyfriend look like @ZackFinkNews I'm not sure why."

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Full explanation here: https://t.co/4OEWe4lOYq#andrewcuomo #GovernorAndrewCuomo pic.twitter.com/tFD96uKH0r

— Andrew Cuomo Fan Account (@andrewcuomostan) July 14, 2020

i hope cuomo never explains the boyfriend cliff and we’re left wondering about it for the rest of our lives

— alana christina emanuella jenkins (@paciorettys) July 13, 2020

Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Boyfriend Cliff pic.twitter.com/cjELvdiLP3

— Yuru Chara Fan ゆるキャラ 愛好者 (@EveningMesh) July 14, 2020

The Boyfriend Cliff is most likely a nod to any mentions of his daughters' boyfriends during press conferences. On April 19, he shared a picture of him having dinner with his daughters, along with Mariah's boyfriend, Tellef Lundevall. Lundevall was quarantining at the governor's mansion during the pandemic. He noted in his press conference that day that on Sundays, his family comes together for dinner.

Sunday dinner Cuomo style. pic.twitter.com/sT9HI5rb0z

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 19, 2020

The governor also addressed his own feelings about the boyfriends of his daughters. "The boyfriend is very nice and we like the boyfriend," he said at the time. "Advice to fathers: the answer on what you think of the boyfriend is always, 'I like the boyfriend.' Always."

"Because there's only two options," Governor Cuomo continued. "Either you like the boyfriend, in which case, you say, 'I like the boyfriend.' Or you don't like the boyfriend. But you can never say you don't like the boyfriend."

During a May 7 appearance on Stephen Colbert's A Late Show, Governor Cuomo maintained that he likes the boyfriend. "Yes, we like the boyfriend. Official comment, we like the boyfriend. Personal comment, we like the boyfriend," he said.

"I learned that lesson the hard way. You have to say you like the boyfriend whatever you feel because they're still in the rebellion phase," the governor explained. "You say you don't like the boyfriend, they will marry that boyfriend just to spite you. So yes, I like the boyfriend."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds his daily press briefing at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the first day that traders are allowed back onto the historic floor of the exchange on on May 26, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt

Colbert asked if liking the boyfriend had anything to do with mentioning him, and Governor Cuomo quipped: "I would never mention the boyfriend and the boyfriend has been in close proximity so if I really didn't like the boyfriend that would have communicated by now through various means and methods."

After unveiling the pandemic poster, Governor Cuomo responded to Chrissy Teigen's tweet on July 13. "We do like the boyfriend. All boyfriends face a steep climb," he said when Teigen posited whether or not they liked "the boyfriend."

We do like the boyfriend. All boyfriends face a steep climb. https://t.co/y7HBhnxcrx

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 13, 2020

How exactly one climbs the Boyfriend Cliff, however, remains a mystery.

Newsweek did not receive comment from Governor Andrew Cuomo at the time of publication.