Some commentators have labeled the Tea Party protests the "teabag" or "teabagging" parties or protests in reference to the sexual practice. On April 14, MSNBC's David Shuster accused the protesters of "going nuts for it" and "whip[ping] out the festivities" while being "full-throated" and wanting to "give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending." He claimed that "the people who came up with it are a familiar circle of Republicans including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, both of whom have firm support from right wing financiers and lobbyists." and that "the Fox News Channel, including Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, both are looking forward to an up close and personal taste of teabagging themselves." He concluded, saying that "If you are planning simultaneous teabagging all around the country, you're going to need a Dick Armey."
 On April 15, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann described the protests as "After all the anticipation and buildup, the teabagging exploded all across America." and "this Dick Armey revolution only came out in dribs and drabs. At some spots outside the beltway, in crowds that numbered at least one dip, teabaggers hoping to get at least two dip, got some help from FOX News, sending its big guns all over the country." Of the protestors' claims, he said "these teabaggers claim high taxes have brought them to their knees." CNN's Anderson Cooper said "It's hard to talk when you're tea-bagging."
In response, national organizer FreedomWorks issued a flyer stating
The term teabagging has strong sexual connotations. Beware of anyone with a camera asking you are a "teabagger" or enjoy "teabagging" or similar leading questions--they are trying to make a fool of you.
Fox News responded by calling the remarks "frat house humor" and accusing MSNBC's David Shuster of weaving "a tapestry of 'Animal House' humor." Fox News further compared MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Air America's Ana Marie Cox to Beavis and Butt-head. Max Pappas, Public Policy Vice President of national organizer FreedomWorks, called the comments a "shame." Jeff Poor, writing for conservative media watchdog NewsBusters, labeled the teabagging references as "dirty", "juvenile", and "low brow."