The right wing’s obsession with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has led to the discovery of a video made in her college days, and remarkably enough, its members consider it damning.
It all started in July 2009, when Ocasio-Cortez was a student at Boston University, and a clever YouTube user did a mashup of 1980s Brat Pack dance sequences, using the hit Phoenix song “Lisztomania” as a soundtrack. Featuring clips from films like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Footloose, the original video didn’t chart massive views, but it did inspire remakes across the globe.
From Brooklyn to São Paulo, Manila to Austin, dancers and filmmakers across the world came together to make their own versions of the mashup, each paying tribute to their own city. By September 2010, students (and a mascot) at Boston University decided to come together to highlight the beauty of their campus community by participating in the Brat Pack Mashup.
It’s cheesy, it’s fun, and it’s corny. It’s all the things a silly college video should be. But because then-student, now-Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez participated in it (playing Ally Sheedy’s role in The Breakfast Club), it’s now fair game in the Rght’s endless war on AOC.
This erroneous tweet from some wannabe “Q” account says she’s “America’s favorite commie” dancing in high school. Come on now, Q! We all know she’s America’s favorite Democratic Socialist, and she was in college when she channeled her inner “basket case” alongside her classmates.
Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is…
…High School video of “Sandy” Ocasio-Cortezpic.twitter.com/s723Vga9zF
— AnonymousQ (@AnonymousQ1776) January 2, 2019
Nice touch with the music change, though.
The outrage over the video, predictably, has been swift and all-encompassing.
— E.Carter-D (@evhenjo) January 3, 2019
Comedian Patton Oswalt even predicted her resignation.
Video is about to surface of @AOC filling in for @kathleenhanna at a Bikini Kill show, plus some damning footage of her hanging one-armed off a helicopter and plucking a koala bear from a forest fire. She’s preparing her resignation as I write this.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 3, 2019
Other users hypothesized on what other career-enders for AOC might be out there.
They probably also have a photo of her graduating high school with a playfully decorated cap on. This will ruin her whole political career!!
— Wade N. (@WadeN43) January 3, 2019
Warning: These revelations are super graphic and could be utterly devastating to the freshman rep.
in an alley on K Street a young Republican hands a briefcase to a shadowy figure. He opens it to find it filled with cash. He hands the Republican a preschool drawing by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez where she drew…outside the lines
The Republican smiles and walks off into the night
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) January 3, 2019
Another user dug up some sordid secrets from her bartending days.
hearing absolutely shocking reports that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had Big L AND Wu-Tang on her ipod when she worked as a bartender
— S. Thot Fitzgerald (@daggerandpen) January 3, 2019
Another user pondered the impact upon our great country.
Can the nation withstand this
— katefate (@katefate) January 3, 2019
Still another admitted they had nothing left to look forward to …
All hope is lost.
— Jamie Maldonado (@JamieMphoto) January 3, 2019
… while another one expressed concern for impressionable young minds.
Re-enacting a scene from a famous movie, having fun, dancing…
HOW WILL AMERICA SURVIVE? THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
— Jessi_M (@Mess_OfMe) January 3, 2019
This video makes it clear that Ocasio-Cortez has no future in the judiciary, of course.
How dare Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dance in college! Any responsible young person would’ve been out boofing in the Devil’s Triangle or pounding brewskis at Tobin’s house with PJ and Squi. DID SHE EVEN KEEP A CALENDAR? https://t.co/7LUHKsjzQG
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 3, 2019
She’ll also never be vice president.
It’s hard for me to figure out why @AOC would or should feel embarrassed about videos of her having a good time and dancing in high school when Paul Ryan took these photos while running for Vice President pic.twitter.com/ZDfIhyKb2z
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) January 3, 2019
At least one user expressed relief that Ocasio-Cortez has put her past behind her.
I'm so glad she's not in high school anymore so we don't have a dancer in congress
— Kyle ???? (@KylePlantEmoji) January 3, 2019
“Busy Tonight” executive producer Caissie St. Onge, however, skipped the snark and got right to the realistic point, killing all of Q’s dreams of AOC destruction.
They are re-enacting the dance from the movie “The Breakfast Club.” You spreading this video will only make her more popular.
— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) January 3, 2019
Finally, former FBI agent Asha Rangappa used her super sleuthing skills to unmask the person behind the Q curtain for who they really are.
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) January 3, 2019
While all of this career-ending discussion was happening, Rep. Ocasio Cortez was busy doing her new job.
First day of a new era. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/GeGv6xvJuv
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 3, 2019
She also took time out to vote for Nancy “NDP” Pelosi as speaker of the House. True to form, the folks who are obsessed with her had opinions.
Republicans boo Ocasio-Cortez. They are so scared. pic.twitter.com/JLjKBRioV8
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) January 3, 2019
But honestly, the Right isn’t alone in its obsession with the youngest person ever elected to the House.
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) January 3, 2019
Do your thing, AOC.
There is now at least one remix worthy of your time.
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