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

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

Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

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Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

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The world is watching and reacting as the investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Activists have been raising their voices and organizing to maintain and grow sustained protests around the world demanding justice. Celebrities have been swept up in the anger and protest as well and, for some, it has backfired.

Former “Glee” star Lea Michele tweeted about the death of George Floyd.

Michele joined the trend of celebrities who have started to join in the protests against racial injustice inflicted by police in the U.S. Even major corporations joined the Black Lives Matter conversation after being silent for years with many participating in #BlackOutTuesday. Yet, Michele is facing accusations of her own microaggressions against former co-stars.

Samantha Ware had issues with Michele’s tweet of solidarity.

Ware played Jane Hayward in the sixth season of “Glee” and accused Michele of microaggressions. The microaggressions were relentless and traumatic enough to make Ware’s tenure on the show “a living hell.”

Ware’s response immediately rang true for so many who have faced a lifetime of microaggressions.

Microaggressions are a major issue in everyday life for people of color. They are defined as verbal, behavioral, or environmental things that have underlying hostile and prejudice roots. They are things like assuming that a Black woman is wearing a wig or locking your car doors when a Black person walks by you.

Dabier Snell also spoke up about Michele’s behavior.

Snell continued with a second tweet explaining that he is always here to make content that people will enjoy. He tries to stray away from creating anything negative in the world. However, according to Snell, seeing Michele’s tweet for George Floyd brought back bad memories of her treating him as less than while on set.

Another “Glee” co-star, Alex Newell, echoed Snell and Ware.

Three of Michele’s co-stars have come forward to call her out in public because of how she treated people. All three have been Black actors who have accused the actor of treating them with no respect and lodging microaggressions against them.

Some people are doing the work and reminding us that Naya Rivera tried to call Michele out first.

In her memoir “Sorry Not Sorry,” Rivera recounted how Michele treated her while they were on “Glee.” Rivera did not hold back when she described Michele’s reaction as Santana Lopez became a more and more important character in the “Glee” universe.

“As Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel – erm, I mean Lea – didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” reads the memoir. “If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was bitching about her. Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of season 6.”

Michele offered a half-apology to address the accusations while admitting to them at the same time.

“While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” reads part of the statement. “We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

Her apology sparked more backlash from people who claim to have been part of the “Glee” cast and crew.

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Other people have commented on her apology claiming that she is not really apologizing if she claims not to remember. Others are frustrated that Michele is apologizing for how people have perceived her words, not for the words itself.

READ: Naya Rivera’s Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia

Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Thank heavens for Cardi B because boy does the Dominican rapper know how to use her voice.

Since her rise to fame, the hitmaker has made a point to use her platform to raise awareness of the issues she finds important. From politics to our world leaders, the rapper has done her due diligence to break down current events to her followers.

Fortunately, she’s up to it again.

Last week, the rapper took to Twitter to open up about the protests breaking out across the country in an effort to demand justice for the wrongful deaths of Black people killed by police.

You might have already heard about the protests that broke out over the weekend which outcried the wrongful deaths of two Black people: George Floyd a Black man from Minnesota who was killed while being restrained by the police on May 25. The other, Breonna Taylor a 26-year-old woman, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13, 2020.

In regards to their recent deaths, Cardi B  shared her thoughts and a call to action.

“Seeing people looting and going extremely outraged, you know, it makes me feel like, ‘Yes, finally! Finally motherf****** is gonna hear us now. Yeah!’” the rapper said in her Instagram post. “And as much as people is so against it, at this point, I feel like I’m not against it, even though it do scare me and I don’t want anybody to get hurt, but it’s really frustrating. You want to know why? Because police brutality been going on even way before I was born, but it has been more visual ever since social media started getting poppin.’ And ever since, let’s say Instagram started–just one app–let’s say since Instagram started, how many peaceful protests have we seen? How many trending hashtags have we seen? These hashtags keep freakin’ repeating themselves. I feel like I’ve done videos against police brutality… I feel like this is my seventh time. I’ve been doing f*ckin’ police brutality videos ever since my teeth been f*cked up, and the only shit that changed has been my f****** teeth. You know what I’m saying? People are tired, so now their tired is showing that it’s, “Oh motherf*ckers are educated. Motherf*ckers can take the grown and adult way and act peaceful people are tired of that, so now this is what people have to resort to.”

Cardi B continued her post telling her fans to vote in the upcoming general elections.

“And another thing, I also want to say this: Another way for people to take power–I don’t want to make everything political, but it is what it is–it’s by voting. And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the President. We could vote for mayors. We could vote for judges, and we could also vote for DA’s–district attorneys. Yes, we could vote for these people, for our county. We sure can. The people that are voting for these people are most likely cops, most likely rednecks; that’s why every single time some fuck shit like this happens, it goes to their favor, because these people have the power–DA’s, these judges, these attorneys–they have the power to prosecute these cops when they do f***s***,” she said

It didn’t take long for users to respond to Cardi’s post with support and words of heartbreak.

We will win this!