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Death Threats Have Become Such A Common Occurrence For AOC That She Took To Twitter To Address Them

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It’s no secret that there’s a significant population of Americans who hate freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It is something that AOC has had to deal with since first throwing her hat in the ring to run for Congress. That kind of attention has led to very scary and real moments for the New Yorker. As a master of Twitter, AOC has voiced her concerns and is shedding light on what it looks like to be her right now.

In a tweet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to a video that aired at a Fresno Grizzlies game.

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AOC tweeted the above message in response to a tweet from @CarmenGeorge that read, “I was just watching a really moving #MemorialDay tribute video at the @FresnoGrizzlies game until they got to a part about America’s adversaries and showed a photo of the @AOC between images of Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-un. That was some seriously offensive editing.”

Immediately, the men’s rights activists chimed in.

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It’s apparently sexist for a woman to announce that all her daily death threats come from men. Yes. Yes, it is sexist, but not for the reason @Brian60days thinks.

AOC goes on to say that she gets an influx of death threats after Fox airs something “particularly aggressive + hateful.”

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Your pedestrian death threats aren’t a high priority for AOC. Only top notch death threats. What kind of morning ritual is that?

AOC finished up her thread by bringing up a long debated topic: free speech.

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The social media universe is filled with people claiming the use of “free speech” as an excuse for hate speech. The ACLU would agree.

Some AOC supporters feel that when that speech incites violence, it should be banned on social media platforms.

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Most platforms have policies that review flagged content to remove violent speech. Twitter user Anna Ramirez thinks voters should use their democratic right to filter violence-inciting elected officials.

In early 2019, AOC came out to defend and support Rep. Ilhan Omar when she was receiving death threats.

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Remember when Omar was under a magnifying glass and being touted as an anti-Semite for questioning why Palestine has received little to no support from America? The death threats were flooding into her office and voicemail box and AOC defended her.

AOC made sure to let the public know that those death threats are reported to the police.

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People are being arrested almost daily for death threats to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

When it came out that a right-wing publication sent out an email blast calling AOC a “domestic terrorist,” AOC had something to say.

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Domestic terrorists are the people who commit acts of terror in their home countries like the mass shootings at movie theaters and mosques. They are not progressive Congresswomen elected to office to do the work demanded by the constituents.

This isn’t the first time AOC has had to comment on receiving death threats.

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“Multiple ppl have been arrested trying to harm me, Ilhan, & others,” AOC tweeted. This rhetoric is dangerous.

Words matter–they are weapons of war.

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Whether that’s to intimidate women whose voices are being heard louder than men’s or to incept women into thinking they aren’t meant to be in that space.

Regardless, AOC isn’t backing down.

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When MAGA people want to belittle AOC or her intelligence, she comes back stronger. We don’t know what your self-care regiment looks like, AOC, but we thank you for staying strong.

READ: AOC Responds To Fresno Grizzlies For Calling Her An ‘Enemy Of Freedom’ Alongside Fidel Castro And Kim Jong Un

After Racist Chants At A Trump Rally Directed At Rep. Omar, Cardi B Has Come Out Supporting The Congresswoman

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After Racist Chants At A Trump Rally Directed At Rep. Omar, Cardi B Has Come Out Supporting The Congresswoman

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As President Trump continues to lead a national racist attack on progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar, Cardi B showed her support for the Minnesota congresswoman with a simple Instagram post.

Within hours, #IStandWithIlhan was trending on Twitter, with public figures and fellow politicians weighing in.

Cardi B was one of the very first people to show her support for Omar.

In typical badass fashion, the “Press” singer quoted Beyonce when posting in support of Omar on Instagram, sharing a photo and writing, “You know you that b**** when you cause all this conversation.”

This is not the first time this week Cardi B, born Belcalis Almánzar, has weighed in on politics. The Bronx-born rapper tweeted Tuesday that she was “really sad” that Democratic voters “let down” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primary.

She wrote that the senator has “been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such along time.”

“Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign,” she added.

Cardi B’s appreciation post comes after a disgusting rally where Trump continued with his racist rhetoric.

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Trump held a “Make America Great Again” rally in Greeneville, North Carolina. During the rally, Trump continued to rant against Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressly and Rashia Tlaib, who have become known as “the squad.”

“Let ’em leave… they’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it,” Trump said of the congresswomen.

Although Trump spent time going after each woman individually, only his attack on Omar elicited an offensive chant from the crowd.

“Omar smeared U.S. service members in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia,” Trump said of Omar.

Trump paused his speech to let the chant continue.

The president also claimed Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and she refused to condemn Al Qaeda. As the president ripped into Omar, people in the crowd began chanting “send her back” in the same way that they chanted “lock her up” during his campaign against Hillary Clinton.

After, Omar responded to the chants at the rally by tweeting, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!” along with a photo of her on the House floor.

Cardi B fans have been stanning extra hard after her post.

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To see this strong woman of color come to defend one of Trump’s most vocal opponents sent me any people into a frenzy. Her tweet was simple yet totally summed up what so many of us are thinking and feeling.

I mean she quoted the Queen Bey in her post. Like OMG.

That is some mad stanning right there. Quoting Beyonce lyrics to support a woman of color suffering racist attacks from the President of the United States and his supporters…it doesn’t get more powerful than that.

Cardi B’s favored presidential candidate always weighed in on Trump’s remarks about Omar.

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Cardi B has been pretty vocal about her support of Bernie Sanders for president. She recently said about Bernie, “Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

READ: Cardi B Stands Behind Bernie Sanders Because Of His Desire To Fight For All People And Their Rights

A Viral Tweet Claims Disney Took The Story Of ‘Coco’ From A Family In Mexico And There Is A Lot Of Debate

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A Viral Tweet Claims Disney Took The Story Of ‘Coco’ From A Family In Mexico And There Is A Lot Of Debate

There is a viral tweet by an aspiring YouTuber in Wisconsin is making the rounds on social media claiming that Disney took the story of “Coco” from a family in Santa Fe de la Laguna, Quiroga, Michoacán, Mexico. While the woman pictured in the tweet and the character of Mama Coco is very similar, there is a lot of doubt about the tweet’s accuracy. It seems like the tweet is a good example of not believe everything you hear or see on social media as pure fact.

A viral tweet is claiming that Disney created characters based on the appearance of a family in Mexico and hasn’t compensated them.

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The two are very similar in appearance, obviously. The viral success of the tweet proves that people are willing to believe that this happened. Many are even sharing their own photos showing that they met the woman in Mexico after traveling there due to the success of “Coco.”

Others claim to have met another woman in the same town who is the inspiration for Mama Elena.

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Creatives who worked on “Coco” did exhaustive research to make sure they got the movie right. It is crucial that corporations portray cultures and cultural events right in the 21st century. There is hypersensitivity and a strong expectation for companies to do their due diligence to guarantee that culturally relevant materials are done correctly. In that vein, Disney/Pixar did send people to Mexico to research and study up on the customs surrounding Día de los Muertos.

They did visit places in Mexico and there are moments in the film where you see recreations of structures they encountered on their trip. Disney has never denied visiting places in Mexico to do research and that parts of the film are inspired by things they have seen. However, according to responses to the tweet, there are a lot of people who think Disney did more than just get inspired by these places and the people.

The tweet caught the attention of co-director Lee Unkrich.

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The accusations have really caught fire on Twitter with little to no information backing claims. While the tweet claims the family was not compensated, Disney denies it was based on the family despite the striking similarities. There is also no evidence presented that the family nor people in the town that were interviewed signed contracts for compensation from Disney.

The daughter of animator Daniel Arriaga took to Twitter to combat the narrative she says is false.

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Twitter users responded to Alyssa claiming that it doesn’t matter and that the families should be compensated for the interviews and information obtained.

Another man shared a photo in 2017 showing that his grandmother was the woman they based Mama Elena on.

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“For those of you who read my previous post about Coco…here is my abuela,” Brandon Guzman posted on Facebook two years ago. “It was her who they modeled the Abuela with the chancla in the movie after!! I’m a proud grandson!! #Pixar #Disney #Coco #LatinosInHollywood”

However, the person who originally posted the viral tweet is using the similarities in the movie and locations to push their point.

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There is no denying that some bits of Mexico made it into the movie. However, it can be argued that it was done to further the authenticity of the movie and the storyline for people wanting to see themselves represented.

There is no winning or losing this argument as people will believe what they want.

Despite people who worked on or related to those who worked on denying the story, the rumor of Disney causing harm to a community in Mexico.

Those standing up for Disney are calling attention to the dangers of believing everything you see on the internet.

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There have been multiple instances of people blindly believing things that are posted on social media. The lack of necessary fact-checking before posting has led to misinformation spreading unchecked on social media. It is up to the users to make sure that they do their own research and determine what is true or not. As for this story, it seems the internet will forever be torn over the validity of the claims made.

READ: These Fans Theories About What A ‘Coco’ Sequel Would Look Like Sees Miguel At 17 And Returning To The Land Of The Dead

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