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Video Meant to Embarrass Ocasio-Cortez Wins Her Fans

Zach Braff calls it 'adorable and endearing and charming'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2019 7:28 AM CST

(Newser) – "In the future, every politician will have a mildly-to-extremely embarrassing video of themselves unearthed from their past, on the internet," writes Samantha Cole at Motherboard, arguing "it's part of the territory of growing up online." Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should know: While the Democratic congresswoman from New York was sworn in Thursday, she was also going viral, thanks to an edited clip from a 2010 YouTube video showing Boston University students dancing to "Lisztomania" by Phoenix (apparently inspired by this Brat Pack mash-up). "Here is America's favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is," AnonymousQ1776 wrote in sharing the clip of Ocasio-Cortez dancing on a rooftop. It's been viewed more than 9 million times.

If the intention was to humiliate Ocasio-Cortez, it hasn't worked, reports the Guardian, which notes the praise she's been getting on social media. "Can't find the problem. She's... having fun? Has friends? Likes music?" tweeted Time national correspondent Charlotte Alter. "The more politicians we have like @AOC the sooner we'll all be dancing," added actor Russell Crowe, while Zach Braff said the video was "adorable and endearing and charming." Cole likewise sees nothing wrong with Ocasio-Cortez dancing. "It's not a scandalous video, or even embarrassing. It's arguably pretty well done," she writes. Per Time, creating dance mash-ups to "Lisztomania" became an international trend beginning in 2009, which Boston University made clear at the time. No word yet from Ocasio-Cortez, who was a little preoccupied Thursday. (Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stories.)

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