She’s really finished this time.
Right-wing critics, who have long been obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s past, have just exposed her past involvement in a grievous crime: doing that choreography from The Breakfast Club.
A video featuring the freshman Congress member dancing was circulated on Twitter Thursday, ostensibly in an effort damage her reputation. Unfortunately for the haters, though, it seems to have had the opposite effect. This is probably because it’s a pure and wholesome expression of joy, something which with the online right is unfamiliar.
Despite captions to the contrary, the clip is not from Ocasio-Cortez’s high school years — it’s from 2010, when she was a senior at Boston University. The audio in the video going around isn’t original, either. As Parker Higgins pointed out in an extensive Twitter thread, it’s actually part of an early meme. In mid-2009, a video mashup of the dance sequence from The Breakfast Club and Phoenix’s song “Lisztomania” went viral, eventually inspiring a group of people in Brooklyn to create a shot-by-shot remake. “Then a group in SF did it too and it was off to the races,” Higgins wrote, “with versions popping up all over the place.”
The version Ocasio-Cortez appears in — also a shot-for-shot remake of the original — is Boston University’s contribution.
This was what (lol) we now call a meme. They used to be more sophisticated than top-text-bottom-text. Then a group in SF did it too and it was off to the races, with versions popping up from all over the place. AOC appeared in the Boston University take https://t.co/0UZDYQonem
— Parker Higgins (@xor) January 3, 2019
Even if you don’t know the video’s origins, though, it speaks volumes that anyone thought it would affect Ocasio-Cortez negatively at all. In fact, the clip seems to have made her even more popular on Twitter — something she’s had no trouble with anyway.
Working on my big new scoop: an interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 9th grade math teacher, who reveals she once confused Cosine and Tangent in 2004
— Zach Schonfeld (@zzzzaaaacccchhh) January 3, 2019
Personally offended that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez never had an awkward phase
— Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz) January 3, 2019
If you’re upset by what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did in high school, wait until you find out about Brett Kavanaugh.
— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) January 3, 2019
I have no plans of being a politician but just in case I’m putting it out there now that I’ve made at least 18 videos where I dance and try on different sunglasses to songs from the sexist musical Guys and Dolls
— Rachel Sennott (@Rachel_Sennott) January 3, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Photos Surface Of 2005 Visit By AOC to Coldstone Creamery. Nice Toppings, Comrade. (Slideshow)
— chris hooks (@cd_hooks) January 3, 2019
BEN SHAPIRO EXCLUSIVE: Never before seen ultrasound images of AOC at fetal stage. “Looking pretty comfortable in that womb there, ‘Sandy!’ Not exactly ‘da hip hop ghetto.'”
— slime influencer (@alexqarbuckle) January 3, 2019
We imagine Ocasio-Cortez will address this fun viral moment when she returns from being sworn in to the United States House of Representatives.
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