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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.

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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9 Films, Docs and Series About Latinas to Watch Before Women’s History Month Comes to an End

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9 Films, Docs and Series About Latinas to Watch Before Women’s History Month Comes to an End

Whether you want to celebrate Women’s History Month with a movie night or appreciate media about powerful mujeres year-round, you’re probably looking for a few films, documentaries or TV series to add to your streaming queue right now. Regrettably (and shamefully), most of the lists cropping on entertainment news sites don’t feature projects made for, by or about Latinas. With that in mind, we’ve put together some titles centering narratives about Latina trailblazers and heroines from Latin American and U.S. history. So clear your weekend cal and purchase all of your fave movie theater snacks, because you can watch (most of) these films, documentaries and series right from your computer screen.

1. Dolores

If you’re looking for documentaries about Latina heroines, start with Dolores, the 2017 film about the life and activism of Chicana labor union activist Dolores Huerta. The doc, executive produced by Carlos Santana and Benjamin Bratt, and directed by Bratt’s brother, Peter, delves into how the 90-year-old co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later named the United Farm Workers), her famous “Sí se puede” rallying cry and her role in the women’s rights movement. Including interviews with Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and more, Dolores celebrates the history and ongoing activism of one of the country’s most critical civil rights leaders. Watch Dolores on Amazon Prime.

2. Isabel: The Intimate Story Of Isabel Allende

Isabel: The Intimate Story Of Isabel Allende, a three-part docuseries about the famed Chilean author and feminist, is one of the most exciting new drops. The HBO Max series, directed by Rodrigo Bazaes, premiered on March 12, just in time for Women’s History Month. Like all good biopics, Isabel reveals the person behind the icon, portraying Allende’s path from a young woman fighting her way into a male-dominated industry to the most-read Spanish-language author of all time. As the niece of assassinated Chilean President Salvador Allende, the series also gets political, bringing light to her life under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet as well as her own feminist activism. Watch Isabel on HBO Max.

3. Knock Down the House

Knock Down the House portrays the political rise of a Latina icon in the making: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While the 2019 documentary by Rachel Lears revolves around the 2018 congressional primary campaigns of four progressive women, Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin, the Puerto Rican now-congresswoman is the only one who wins her race (though Bush won in the next election cycle) and thus much of the film focuses on her story. A first-time candidate with a passion for social justice, a degree in international relations and economics, and a job in bartending, the doc shows how a regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx unseated one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress with a progressive platform and a focus on community. Watch Knock Down the House on Netflix.

4. Lorena: Light-Footed Woman

In 2017, María Lorena Ramírez’s name made international headlines when the young woman defeated 500 other runners from 12 different countries at the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, Mexico. Ramírez didn’t just stand out because of her speed but also because she ran without professional gear. Instead, she donned the traditional clothes of the Tarahumara, Indigenous people in Chihuahua, Mexico, including a floral skirt and a pair of huaraches. Capturing the world’s attention, Ramírez became the focus of the 2019 documentary Lorena: Light-Footed Woman, which was directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo. The short doc beautifully tells the tale of a young woman’s athletic training in the mountains where she grew up to become a celebrated long-distance runner while staying true to her culture and traditions. Lorena: Light-Footed Woman is streaming on Netflix.

5. Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied!

In Honduras, the most dangerous country in the world for land defenders, Berta Cáceres’ life was taken because of her commitment to the environmental justice struggle. Back in the Central American country, Berta’s assassination hasn’t been forgotten and neither has her fight. The 2017 short doc Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied!, directed by Sam Vinal, shows how her work lives on among Indigenous Lenca and Afro-Indigenous Garifuna people of Honduras, who continue to struggle against capitalism, patriarchy, racism and homophobia, for our land and our water. Watch Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied! on Vimeo.

6. Celia

Celia reveals the story of one of the most powerful voices and greatest icons of Latin music, Afro-Cubana salsera Celia Cruz. The Spanish-language novela, produced by Fox Telecolombia for RCN Televisión and Telemundo, starts at the beginning, when Cruz was an aspiring singer in Havana, and takes viewers through to her time joining La Sonora Matancera, leaving her homeland with her would-be husband Pedro Knight and gaining massive superstardom as the “Queen of Salsa.” Watch Celia on AppleTV+.

7. Beauties of the Night

In the first half of the 20th century, showgirls dominated the entertainment scene in Latin America. Their glamorous looks and luxe performances were enjoyed by audiences of all ages and genders. But around the 1970s, as VHS pornos took off, these scantily clad talents started to lose work and, as a result, their lucrative incomes. Oftentimes, these women came from low-income backgrounds and didn’t have a formal education, forcing many of the vedettes to also feel like they’ve lost their sense of purpose and impelling some to take on work they didn’t feel good about in order to stay afloat in the industry. In Beauties of the Night, directed by María José Cuevas, we see some of Mexico and South America’s leading showgirls, Olga Breeskin, Lyn May, Rossy Mendoza, Wanda Seux and Princesa Yamal, and how their lives transformed as the work they were once famous for lost its reverence. Watch Beauties of the Night on Netflix.

8. Frida

The 2002 biographical drama film Frida shares the professional and private life of one of the most famous woman artists of all time, Frida Kahlo. Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek, the Academy Award-nominated film touches on many aspects of the late Mexican artist and feminist’s life, from her life-altering accident in 1922 and her tumultuous relationship with muralist Diego Rivera to her bisexual identity, political affiliations and, of course, her time-defying art and self portraits. Watch Frida on Amazon Prime.

9. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It


With a career spanning 70 years, Rita Moreno is one of the most famous and beloved actresses of all time. The only Latina to have won all four major annual U.S. entertainment awards, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, her own life is certainly worthy of a film; and in 2021, director Mariem Pérez Riera gave the Puerto Rican star what she deserves with Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It. The documentary, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 29, 2021, features interviews with Moreno, Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, Normal Lear, Whoopi Goldberg and more. More than just a celebration of all the barriers Moreno broke, the film also delves into her personal life, including the racism she endured on her road to stardom, the sexual violence she experienced in Hollywood, her struggle with mental health and suicidal ideation and her fight for multidimensional roles for people of color. While Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It isn’t streaming yet, it is set to air on PBS’ American Masters later this year.

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