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A Conservative Parent Is Using Her Daughter To Mock AOC And Critics Say She Clearly Doesn’t Care About The Girl’s Future

You haven’t really made it until you have a few haters. Truly, when you have people mocking you for shallow reasons, it usually means they’re intimidated by your substance. Whether it’s Twitter trolls or a bonafide impersonation on SNL, it means you’ve gotten the public’s attention; for better or for worse.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had a lot of this kind of focus directed at her ever since she ran to represent her home district in Congress. A lot of the hate she gets comes from those intimidated by her bold ideas and Latina-ness. Unlike her newest naysayer, most of her detractors have been people who are at least old enough to vote.

This newest AOC critic is a social media account using a young girl to mock and imitate the Representative.

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Calling her Mini AOC, the account features Ava Martinez as the unflattering impersonator. The Twitter bio for the account claims that it is run by her mother. For her impersonations, Martinez uses familiar-looking glasses, red lipstick, and a ponytail to pull off the mimicry. In her posts, the 8-year-old girl reads from cue-cards as she mocks Ocasio-Cortez and her policies.

She additionally lampoons other Democrats and Independents like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders. For example, in a recent video, you will hear a horse neighing loudly in the background every time Martinez says the words “Nancy Pelosi.” The little social media celebrity also explains how she thinks a glass of prune juice would make a better House Speaker than Speaker Pelosi.

Martinez first experienced Social clout when her step-father, Salvatore Schachter, uploaded a video with her impressions back in April 2019. Since then, her performances have made her popular with Republican viewers. In fact, Martinez has appeared on both Fox News and Fox Business to share her right-wing takes.

While these videos may seem cute at first glance, the flippant way some devastating topics are being ridiculed is pretty sickening.

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In a Twitter post made on July 1st, Martinez posted four pictures of herself looking distraught while clinging to a chain-link fence.

The tweet reads: “Every time I plan a visit to the park it’s closed! ???? Can everyone see how sad this makes me?! ☹️ #sad #MALA #MINIAOC”

The post is no doubt a swipe at the migrant detention facilities at our borders. Specifically, they are meant to mock images of the Representative’s trip to the Tornillo holding facility. These pictures were recently shared on Twitter by writer/photographer Ivan Pierre Aguirre. AOC and other Democratic politicians have made attempts to visit these spaces, only to be turned down by guards. The reported state of these facilities are inhuman and have been likened by Ocasio-Cortez as “concentration camp.”

In another post from May 2019, the Mini AOC account shares a photo of President Barack Obama riding a bicycle. In the post, the account misgenders the president and claims that he was the first female leader of our nation.

These tweets and videos could be dismissed as a joke but the use of little Ava Martinez as their presenter is dangerously irresponsible.

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While a child taking an interest in politics is usually something to celebrate, using Martinez to deliver anti-migrant sentiment isn’t. Making her the face of this account may get views and followers, but the adults responsible are doing so by manipulating this girl’s thoughts and opinions. It isn’t satire if she is too young to understand and form her own judgment. Using her voice in this manner takes away her autonomy.

The same can be said for other social media child stars. Many times, these children are driven to perform by their guardians. It becomes a full-time job and makes them public figures while still navigating childhood. There is money to be made in this medium and — as long as it’s profitable — child stars will be in danger of being manipulated to pursue that cash.

Twitter has pointed out the potential harm this obviously imposed performing can have.

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Canadian actress Jean Yoon tweeted her opposition to using Martinez to mock such a serious issue. As an actress, she no doubt understands the pressure that this girl is under to perform as Mini AOC.

This Twitter user expressed condolences for Martinez.

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More focused on Martinez’s future, this Twitter user hoped for a future where she won’t be exploited by her guardians. What this child needs is privacy and safe spaces to speak her own truth, not the words fed to her.

Kids are products of their environments. We can only hope that Ava Martinez’s environment doesn’t include this Mini AOC act for much longer.

Keke Palmer Gets Real With The National Guard During Protests

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Keke Palmer Gets Real With The National Guard During Protests

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Hustlers actress Keke Palmer has always known how to deliver. Her performance as the titular character in the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee stole the hearts of audiences watching and delivered such a strong message about perseverance. Palmer delivered yet another powerful message on Tuesday amidst the peaceful demonstrations taking place in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

Taking part in Tuesday protests, the actress spoke to several members of the National Guard telling them that they can be part of the change.

While asking National Guard members to “be the change” in the fight against racial injustice, Keke spoke passionately about wanting to see them join protests.

“We have people here that need your help,” Palmer told National Guard officers in a video Tweeted by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz. “This is when y’all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you, so march with us.”

Palmer went on to ask members to “March with us. March beside us. Get your people. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you’re here for us. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us. Make history with us, please.”

After listening to Palmer a guard member offered to walk with the group across an intersection but remained steadfast that they had to stay at their post.

But Palmer urged that this was not good enough.

“March with us, it will send a huge message,” Palmer continued, “You’re the protector. If you’re supposed to be patrolling us, then walk with us.”The guardsman explained again that he could not move from his post, but when another protester asked the guardsmen to take a knee they did so.

Unsatisfied, Palmer continued to say the action was not enough for her and later shared her thoughts on the events taking place across the country.

“Racism is what the country was built on slavery, systematic oppression, then voter oppression, female oppression, poor education system so you’re intentionally uninformed, financial oppression,” Palmer said in the video. “Human beings can only take so much. Americans need government reform that demands legislation and new laws that birth the future for our kids. We deserve a new system because the old one was created to oppress us.”

TikTok’s ‘Check Your Privilege’ Challenge Will You Give You A Much Needed Reality Check

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TikTok’s ‘Check Your Privilege’ Challenge Will You Give You A Much Needed Reality Check

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Among demanding justice for victims like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, protestors and activists across the globe are demanding awareness of the privileges that protect non-Black people A new challenge trending on TikTok is pressing users to do just this and it’s worth your participation.

A TikTok user by the name of @boss_bigmamma recently asked users to examine their privileges, and the prejudices they may face due to their race.

Flipping the platform’s popular “put a finger down” game on its head, @boss_bigmamma (whose name is Kenya) used the game to show the discriminations she’s unjustly experienced as a black woman. She then asked other TikTokers to do the same.

Speaking with BuzzFeed News about the now-viral challenge, Kenya said “I know discrimination happens for many reasons, which is why I labeled it ‘check your privilege’ instead of ‘white privilege.” Kenya also said that people who have participated have said that they found the “Check Your Privilege” challenge relatable when it came to instances related to their religion and socioeconomic status.

Kenya’s “put a finger down” experiences as listed in the video are below.

– Put a finger down if you have been called a racial slur.

– Put a finger down if you’ve been followed in a store unnecessarily.

– Put a finger down if someone has crossed the street in order to avoid passing you.

– Put a finger down if you’ve had someone clench their purse in an elevator with you.

– Put a finger down if you’ve had someone step off of an elevator to keep from riding with you.

– Put a finger down if you’ve been accused of not being able to afford something expensive.

– Put a finger down if you’ve had fear in your heart when being stopped by the police.

– Put a finger down if you’ve never been given a pass on a citation you deserved.

– Put a finger down if you have been stopped or detained by police for no valid reason.

– Put a finger down if you have been bullied solely because of your race.

– Put a finger down if you’ve been denied service solely because of the color of your skin.

– Put a finger down if you’ve ever had to teach your children how not to get killed by the police.

Fortunately, quite a few people who are not of color have shared the results of their challenge.

Interracial couples are also highlighting their experiences as well.

Interracial couple Allison Holker and her husband Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss shared the differences they experience due to the color of their skin.