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Saturday, 5 January 2019

'I hear the GOP thinks women dancing is scandalous...' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back at conservative critics with ANOTHER playful video - filmed outside her new Capitol Hill office

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at conservative critics after controversy arose earlier this week from an unearthed video of the congresswoman recreating an infamous dance scene from the film The Breakfast Club. 
The roughly 30-second video of the youngest congresswoman in history started circulating on Twitter on Tuesday, just days before Ocasio-Cortez was sworn into office. The intent, it appears, was to shame the 29-year-old for dancing. 
After the old clip caused outrage, Ocasio-Cortez posted a response video on Friday of herself dancing into her new office in Washington, D.C. Clapping back: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to the controversy of an old video surfacing of her dancing on Friday 

Clapping back: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to the controversy of an old video surfacing of her dancing on Friday 
Groovin': The 29-year-old's response included a new video of her dancing as she made her way into her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 
Groovin': The 29-year-old's response included a new video of her dancing as she made her way into her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 
In a tweet, she wrote: 'I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!' 
Ocasio-Cortez' new video shows her jokingly dancing to War by Edwin Starr, which was released in 1969 in protest of the Vietnam War, as she makes her way into the office. 
The old video featuring The Breakfast Club reenactment was first claimed to be footage from the congresswoman's high school days, but it was actually filmed in 2010 when she was a senior at Boston University.   
In the short clip, it shows a smiling Ocasio-Cortez wearing a Boston University T-shirt and a pencil skirt as she happily performs choreography from The Breakfast Club, which came out before she was born, on top of a roof.  
Before it made its rounds on conservative websites and Twitter, the clip was posted to LiveLeak, where it has since been deleted.  
Invited! Actress Molly Ringwald, who played Claire in The Breakfast Club, responded to the video of the congresswoman after she recreated a scene from the movie 
Invited! Actress Molly Ringwald, who played Claire in The Breakfast Club, responded to the video of the congresswoman after she recreated a scene from the movie 
Positive: Actress Ally Sheedy also responded to the video saying she was on the congresswoman's team 
Positive: Actress Ally Sheedy also responded to the video saying she was on the congresswoman's team 
Iconic: The scene Ocasio-Cortez danced to was from The Breakfast Club. Pictured is the cast from the 1985 movie. Pictured far right is Ringwald and far left is Sheedy
Iconic: The scene Ocasio-Cortez danced to was from The Breakfast Club. Pictured is the cast from the 1985 movie. Pictured far right is Ringwald and far left is Sheedy
Ocasio-Cortez made similar moves that the cast of The Breakfast Club did during an iconic scene
Ringwald and Sheedy doing dance moves during an iconic scene in The Breakfast Club
Killing it: Ocasio-Cortez (right) is seen making the same iconic moves Ringwald (middle) and Sheedy (right) did in the library during the film
On Thursday, actresses Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy reacted online to the playful reenactment from their film.  
Ringwald, who played Claire in the film, wrote in a tweet: 'That's it, Alexandria you're in the club!'
She then tagged her co-star Ally Sheedy before adding '#DemsTakeTheHouse' to reiterate her point. 
Journalist Yashar Ali earlier on Thursday directly tweeted at Sheedy, who played Allison in the movie, asking her to weigh in on the release of the playful footage. 
'I need my pal @allysheedy1 to weigh in on this...since @AOC is remaking the dance scene from the Breakfast Club she was in.'  
Sheedy responded: 'I LOVE THIS #TeamAOC'.  
Living it up: The video shows a smiling Ocasio-Cortez wearing a Boston University T-shirt as she performs choreography from the 1985 film The Breakfast Club
Living it up: The video shows a smiling Ocasio-Cortez wearing a Boston University T-shirt as she performs choreography from the 1985 film The Breakfast Club
Try again? Critics of Ocasio-Cortez posted the video to demean her, but the plan backfired 
Try again? Critics of Ocasio-Cortez posted the video to demean her, but the plan backfired 
Oozing with sarcasm: Comedian Patton Oswalt joked that Ocasio-Cortez was 'officially done' because the world has seen her 'dancing adorably' 
Oozing with sarcasm: Comedian Patton Oswalt joked that Ocasio-Cortez was 'officially done' because the world has seen her 'dancing adorably' 
Good point: Caissie St. Onge pointed out that the footage was making her even more popular 
Good point: Caissie St. Onge pointed out that the footage was making her even more popular 
Fail: Louis Morgan compared it to Ted Cruz revealing Beto O'Rourke was in a high school band
Fail: Louis Morgan compared it to Ted Cruz revealing Beto O'Rourke was in a high school band
Reference: Some people couldn't resist comparing the outrage to Footloose, the 1984 film about a small town where dancing was banned
Reference: Some people couldn't resist comparing the outrage to Footloose, the 1984 film about a small town where dancing was banned
Hard to miss: Karen Tumulty pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez was 'adorable' in college 
Hard to miss: Karen Tumulty pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez was 'adorable' in college 
Critics of Ocasio-Cortez posted the video to demean her, but many people ended up mocking them for trying to tear her down using an innocent clip of her joyfully dancing. 
'Well, @AOC is officially done,' comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted. 'She’ll never recover from the world seeing her...(watches video) ...dancing adorably and having fun with her friends in high school?'
'Meh. This isn’t a big deal,' someone else commented. 'A high school kid being a goofball is the best part of being in high school. 
'A word to the wise, poke the Ocasio-Cortez bear with caution. Critique her policies—not her history. It sets a dangerous precedent. Take the high road.'
And Gerren Taylor added: 'I’ve watched this video several times looking for the negative parts....I’ve decided the problem is it’s not long enough.' 
Parker Higgins explained in a lengthy Twitter thread that the footage of Ocasio-Cortez was actually a part of an early meme.  
Original: The footage was taken from Boston University's mashup video of the dance scene from The Breakfast Club and Phoenix's song Lisztomania
Original: The footage was taken from Boston University's mashup video of the dance scene from The Breakfast Club and Phoenix's song Lisztomania
Original: The footage was taken from Boston University's mashup video of the dance scene from The Breakfast Club and Phoenix's song Lisztomania
Hitting back: Doug Gordon was quick to bring up the sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanugh 
Hitting back: Doug Gordon was quick to bring up the sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanugh 
Fan: Gerren Taylor said the only thing wrong with the video was that it wasn't long enough
Fan: Gerren Taylor said the only thing wrong with the video was that it wasn't long enough
News: Zach Schonfeld joked that he was working on his own scoop about Ocasio-Cortez 
News: Zach Schonfeld joked that he was working on his own scoop about Ocasio-Cortez 
Big moment: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (far left) performed a ceremonial swearing-in for Ocasio-Cortez (center) on Thursday 
Big moment: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (far left) performed a ceremonial swearing-in for Ocasio-Cortez (center) on Thursday 
When a video mashup of the dance sequence from The Breakfast Club and Phoenix's song Lisztomania went viral in 2009, it inspired plenty of remakes. Ocasio-Cortez was one of the students who appeared in Boston University's version. 
'The delightful dancing video of AOC that is being circulated right now* is actually part of a pretty storied, if now mostly forgotten, remix culture phenomenon,' Higgins pointed out. 
Some people couldn't resist comparing the outrage to Footloose, the 1984 film about a small town where dancing was banned. 
'What is the problem here? Do we live in Footloose Town? Was I unaware that we were living in Footloose Town this entire time?' Dana Schwartz tweeted.
'You know the laws in New York are very different from the laws in the town in Footloose, yes?' Amy Brown asked. 
Since winning her congressional primary last June, the democratic socialist has become a target for right-wing critics who have slammed everything from her clothes to her personal finances. 

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