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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez busts some fun-loving '80s dance moves in a promotional video made at Boston University in 2010. (YouTube)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez busts some fun-loving '80s dance moves in a promotional video made at Boston University in 2010. (YouTube)


‘Leaked’ video meant to damage Ocasio-Cortez proves only that she is incredibly good fun

By WITW Staff on January 4, 2019

An attempt by right-wing detractors to humiliate newly sworn-in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has gone badly wrong, after a video of her dancing joyfully went viral.

A short clip of Ocasio-Cortez dancing on a rooftop, that was initially shared (and later removed) by right-wing Tweeter AnonymousQ1776 — an account with apparent ties to QAnon conspiracy theorists — carried the mean-spirited caption, “Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is. High School video of ‘Sandy’ Ocasio-Cortez.” It was watermarked as having come from LiveLeak.

But the short clip turned out to actually be cut from a longer video, made not in high school but while Ocasio-Cortez was at Boston University in 2010. The original version was shot for the university’s Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, for which Ocasio-Cortez was a student ambassador. It was a “‘Lisztomania’ Brat Pack Mashup, a homage to an earlier viral video that mashed up the 2009 song by the band Phoenix with the dance scene from the 1985 cult classic “The Breakfast Club,” explains Eric Calvin Baker, who helped make the video, in an interview with HuffPost.

Watch the full dance video below:

“I realized when she [Ocasio-Cortez] was running [for Congress] that this video may pop up,” Baker said. “I use it for my portfolio still … but I disabled comments because people found it and made it way too political for what it is is, which is really just a dance party on a roof.”

Baker disabled comments on the video but needn’t have worried — now it’s well and truly in the public domain, it is getting a lot of love, including from actress Ally Sheedy, who busted the original 1980s dance moves reprised by Ocasio-Cortez in 2010.

I LOVE THIS #TeamAOC,” she tweeted on Thursday night.

Even Ocasio-Cortez herself later weighed in, with a quick tweet and some fresh dance moves, to remind everyone that “Congresswomen dance too!”

Read the full story at HuffPost.


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