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Queer Eye’s Fab Five Visited AOC And The Internet Exploded With Rainbow Joy

Things are happening in politics that we could have never predicted this week. The Mormon church allowing gay parents to baptize their children and the crossover we never knew we needed: Netflix’s Queer Eye‘s Fab Five visiting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Capitol to discuss The Equality Act.

Specifically, the Equality Act would serve to amend existing civil rights law—making it impossible for federal government gender discrimination policies like the transgender military ban. It would also prohibit gender and sexual orientation discrimination in public and federally funded programs. It’s a big win for everyone.

Progressive freshman Congresswoman AOC is 100 percent behind this bill.

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The Boricua is here to fight for her constituents in the Bronx and that means fighting for the roughly 10 percent of humans who are LGBTQ+. The United States needs to do better, and these legal revisions are long overdue.

The group also met with Maryland Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who gave emotional testimony in favor of the act this week in Congress.

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During the hearing, Jayapal shared that just last year, her 22-year-old child came out to her as gender-non-conforming. She tearfully explained the miracle that has happened since: “The only thought I wake up with every day is, ‘My child is free. My child is free to be who they are.’ And in that freedom comes a responsibility for us as legislators to protect that freedom to be who they are and to legislate…our behavior towards all people in our society.”

Jayapal and fashion expert Tan France created a meaningful connection.

CREDIT: @RepJayapal / Twitter

Caption: “Beautiful convo w/@TanFrance on how our representation (on TV & in Congress) opens possibilities & hope for others. He’s the 1st gay Pakistani Muslim on TV & I’m the 1st South Asian Am woman in the House–the newest South Asian dynamic duo!

Such an honor to meet you today!”

Overall, the Internet has since exploded.

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The Fab Five was sadly missing their fifth counterpart, Jamaican-Cuban “culture expert” Karamo Brown in D.C., but it didn’t top the Internet from breaking. Yes, Bobby, we’re screaming. 😱

If you listen to Jonathan Van Ness (JVN)’s podcast Getting Curious, you were at the ready to hear the strangely uplifting political rage.

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JVN can go through all five stages of grief over a political catastrophe in the gay community in under 30 seconds and then be ready to rally us all to do better. He did not disappoint.

We got to see AOC and JVN hold hands like royalty in pink.

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Caption: “On Capitol Hill we wear pink

TY @jvn, @bobbyberk, @tanfrance & @antoni for visiting + helping us push for the #EqualityAct, & be there to watch Congress pass the Violence Against Women Act & War Powers Resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen.”

Onlookers were clearly stanning two worthy queens. 💞

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Tears were spotted. Life goals vaporized. People lost the will to live. Does it get better? We can’t answer that for you, mija.

All of us:

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Things are starting to look a little less bleak up in the federal government. Thank you pink pantsuits.  🙏🏼

Their meeting inspired fan art within hours of their debut catwalk.

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Caption: “We have the most diverse American congress ever, I’m lifted up in seeing that a United States that values Equality & protection for all is currently fighting for that. We’re making it rain pantsuits & equality in 2020.”

Rumors immediately hit Twitter about AOC wanting Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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So what did precious soul Bobby do? He tweeted at @AOC, “Hey, AOC! I’m in DC all week girl! Put me to work! Have time … will work for democracy!”

Our girl AOC invited National Treasure Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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🌈 🌈 🌈

And just like that, rainbow river were wept all across America. We’re all over here waiting for the content we deserve.

So now we’re all waiting for Twitter to capture Bobby doing what Bobby does best.

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Queer Eye fans have questions. How many people are on his crew? How much of the manual labor does Bobby do himself? How will he incorporate post it culture into his design space?

I mean, Twitter will crowdsource all the content from the Fab Five and AOC as it can muster.

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Truly, it is shameless, but we are forever grateful. Keep your eyes peeled in the next few days.

Even Speaker Pelosi is asking for an AOC focused Queer Eye episode.

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Caption: “.@QueerEye: feel free to let us know when you want @RepAOC & me to fill in next. #Fab5”

And fans of both political and pop culture icons are stanning:

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You were not alone in spending 20 minutes of your work time hunting your Twitter feed for more AOC-QE content. It was a national phenomenon, hunny.

Did I know I needed to see JVN whisper political ideas in AOC’s ear today?

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Nope. Thanks for delivering anyway.

AOC was all of us with the Queer Eye Fab 5 making her life that much more complete.

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Politicians want selfies with gay icons, too! We’re still screaming.

AOC is championing for LGBTQ+ rights and the moments that she spent with the Fab 5 are magical.

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My gay heart has never felt so much mush for my Twitter feed. HBU?

Needless to say, we hope that some kind of content baby is born out of this visit.

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First stop: get the Equality Act passed. It’s really the only content that we care about right now.

Light a candle tonight so we can all collectively pray AOC into Season 4 of Queer Eye.

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And also, if you’re already feeling like “life isn’t worth living”, then please proceed to Netflix and watch One Day at a Time. Then get right back on Twitter because we’re all living to #SaveODATT and it’s Latinx LGBTQ centered storylines. 🙏🏽

And of course there was an A+ parody.

🤣 😂 🤣 😂

READ: Karamo Brown Slayed Season 3 Of “Queer Eye” And Deserves A Promotion

Here’s What Is So Disturbing About Seeing Conservative White Men Pretending To Assault And Choke AOC’s Cutout Picture

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Here’s What Is So Disturbing About Seeing Conservative White Men Pretending To Assault And Choke AOC’s Cutout Picture

Since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began her career as a politician, Republicans have picked her out as a target for their hate and criticism. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t come from a traditional political background. Maybe it’s because she has loudly protested Republican policies and talking points in the past. Or maybe it’s because she’s a young Latina who won’t take any of their abuse.

Either way, AOC has received a lot of ire from conservatives and that doesn’t seem to be letting up.

The hate has continued over the weekend as Mitch McConnell supporters posted a grossly inappropriate image involving a cardboard cut out of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram.

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In the photo, a group of young white men surround a cardboard cut out of Representative Ocasio-Cortez. One young man is shown embracing and kissing the image of the representative while another mimics holding the Latina by the neck, choking her. The post was originally made on Instagram before it was shared onto Twitter and was captioned with the suggestive, “Break me off a piece of that.”

The pictures were taken at an event called the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was a speaker at the event. His social media team even posted their own controversial photo that involved tombstones with the names of McConnell’s political rivals. In his time as Majority Leader, McConnell has worked to oppose bipartisanship, blocking many motions that have come from Democrats in Senate and killing the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court so this is nothing new from the Senator.

Representative Ocasio-Cortez was quick to respond to the image Monday night when it began trending on Twitter.


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“Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you,” Representative Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday night. “Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?”

It’s been well documented that Representative Ocasio-Cortez has received threats of violence, death and rape from far-right supporters and those that oppose the Democratic party. A cop in Lousiana recently got fired for threatening the representative on social media. The exposed Facebook group belonging to ICE agents also had Photoshopped pictures of Rep Ocasio-Cortez being sexually abused and harmed. So, this Instagram post is just one of many situations when conservatives have threatened violence — whether seriously or as a depraved joke — against the Latina.

McConnell’s campaign responded to the post via the Washington Post denying any relation to the young men in the picture.

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Kevin Golden, McConnell’s campaign manager put out the following statement:

“These young men are not campaign staff. They’re high schoolers and it’s incredible that the national media has sought to once again paint a target on their backs rather than report real, and significant news in our country. Team Mitch in no way condones any aggressive, suggestive, or demeaning acts toward life-sized cardboard cutouts of any gender.”

It’s important to note that these young men also attend Covington Catholic School — the same school that produced the teens who disrupted the January 2018 Native American demonstration. During that controversy, McConnell and team also defended the young men and put the blame on the media for calling attention to what they saw as a case of “boys being boys.”

The young men pictured in the Insta pic also had other disturbing props at the Fancy Farm Picnic.

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The group also came equipped with large cardboard cutouts of Brett Kavanaugh’s face. Kavanaugh was made a Supreme Court Justice when McConnell blocked the nomination of Judge Garland despite there being major accusations of sexual assault and rape against Kavanaugh. These props are truly tasteless but make sense considering their photo with the AOC cut out.

Of course, Twitter was quick to call out the racism, misogyny, and danger that is at play with stunts like these.

Twitter / @saraialejandraa

As this post points out, images of cis white men choking a Latina is inherently racist, no matter if they were playing around or not. It’s also indicative of the misogyny that is laughed off and allowed in the Republican party. This Twitter user also suggested donating to McConnell’s opponent, Amy McGrath, for his 2020 Kentucky seat.

Speaking of McGrath, she also tweeted her condemnation for McConnell and the disturbing images that came out of the Kentucky event.

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The McConnell opponent tweeted her disbelief and her disapproval of the Senate Majority Leader’s use of death imagery in his political messaging — especially so soon after the tragedy in El Paso. We have witnessed the Republican party coyly encourage violence against progressives and then act innocently about it. It’s time to call these moments out for what they are: threats that could very well turn to brutality and death.

Queer Eye’s First Latina Client Who Opened Up About Not Speaking Spanish Starts New Skincare Routine

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Queer Eye’s First Latina Client Who Opened Up About Not Speaking Spanish Starts New Skincare Routine

Netflix’s most recent season of “Queer Eye” gave us its first Latina client, and the episode made us cry seven different ways to Sunday. Deanna Muñoz is a Latina-American mother and founder of the Latino Arts Foundation. She felt like she was stuck between two worlds: of not being white enough for her suburb and not Mexican enough for her suegra. As Deanna learned to treat herself to higher-quality clothes and skincare than Ross and T.J. Maxx (no shade, I’m not there yet either), we saw her face light up.

Fans have taken to following @deanna.munoz_latinoarts on Instagram and are delighted to see her thriving post-Queer Eye. One of her most recent posts has sparked a discussion on what skincare routines work for other melanized Latinas.

Muñoz is swearing by Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm and finally gets what the fuss around skincare is about.

@deanna.munoz_latinoarts / Instagram

“First Friday! In case you’re heading out this evening I wanted to share a beauty skincare love that @jvn gave to me,” Muñoz captions her post. “I never took care of my skin (nope never) & it’s Bc I didn’t know what to use or how. This product Dr. Jart has been my go-to ever since the show. I use it alone or under Born This Way light foundation when I go out for the evening.”

For those of you wondering, Dr. Jart’s Beauty Balm sells for $39 at Sephora.

@drjarts / Instagram

It’s advertised as a “cult-favorite all-in-one beauty balm perfects the complexion with a powerful anti-aging complex while shielding skin from UV damage.” The product comes in different tints for different skin tones, meaning it smooths out your complexion while protecting it with an SPF 45.

“Love love love….” writes Muñoz. “Is there any skincare that you use & recommend? Always looking to add to my collection ❤️”

Fans immediately started recommending their favorite products for their routine.

“Currently obsessed with the @sundayriley Vitamin C Rich hydration cream,” comments Lizzie Loves. “Major results in the 1 month of use.”

Of course, the “Aztec Healing Clay Mask” was recommended.

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You can buy this oldie but goodie for just $8 at Target. The base ingredient of the product is calcium bentonite clay, which means you can also use it in a clay bath or a foot soak. One fan commented, “The Aztec healing clay mask is AMAZING! When on your face you feel it pulsate and afterwords your skins feels so clean and fresh! It’s really cheap too!”

Another fan thinks Muñoz’s “brown girl genes” already make her perfect… but also loves Too Faced’s Born This Way Serum.

“The born this way serum + the Pixi glow tonic are my go tos right now.” @amorycupcakes offered. “Your skin is amazing already, brown girl genessss ✨💁🏽‍♀️”

The Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer comes in 35 different shades and is cruelty-free to boot. Find it at your local Sephora for just $29.

Someone else recommended talking to staff at Sephora for recommendations.

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“For what it’s worth, I never would have guessed that you didn’t have a pretty serious skincare routine…” one Instagram user said. “You are gorgeous! Have you considered going into a Sephora and asking the staff there what they would recommend for you? I’ve always had good luck with that. Sephora can be SO. OVERWHELMING., so it’s helpful to engage the staff to narrow down choices. Just let them know how your skin behaves, what you are already using, and your target price point, and see what they come up with. They will usually give you samples when available so you can try it before you commit. I like the Sephoras at Town Center and Oak Park Mall (the freestanding store, not the one in JCPenney). Good luck beautiful!”

Others just wanted to send besitos.

@deanna.munoz_latinoarts / Instagram

“Hey Deanna, just watched your episode and wanna say hi from another Munoz from Brazil! U made me cry girl haha besos 😘,” comments Livia Munhoz. Muñoz is welcoming all the bendiciones and even replied to Munhoz saying, “awww!! Hi all the way from KC!!! Thank you so much!!! ❤️”

What are your favorite products that light up that brown girl magic skin?

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