I generally avoid politics on this blog, for a whole bunch of reasons, but this is irresistible.
At 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Back in 2010, when she was a student at Boston University, she and some friends made a video in which they matched dance moves from the 1980s movie, The Breakfast Club, to the hit song, “Lisztomania”, by the French band Phoenix.
A few days ago, a sad little right-wing troll attempted to embarrass Ocasio-Cortez by posting parts of the video, along with a rude and spiteful description. Emphasis on “tried”, because the attempt backfired spectacularly when virtually all the people who commented on the clip found it to be various shades of bright, cheerful, and endearing.
Judge for yourself. Here’s the full video:
Having unwittingly boosted the name-recognition and popularity of the new member of Congress, the troll deleted his account and scurried back to wherever it is that humiliated trolls scurry when they just want to pull the covers over their heads and hope nobody will find them. (Hint: If you ever visit Ann Coulter’s house. Don’t Go into the Basement!
Of course, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only political figure to give a fresh interpretation to a pop song by using it as the basis for a new video. While researching this article, I found another politician who added an entirely new dimension to “Once In A Lifetime”, by the Talking Heads.
In the interest of equal timing:
And now I’m off. I’ve heard that there’s a video of Ted Cruz lip syncing “Closer”, by Nine Inch Nails, somewhere out there on the Internet. Gonna find it if it takes all night.