‘Mean’ meme mocks what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend looks like

The new Netflix documentary Take Down the House offers a behind the scenes look at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) historic run for the House of Representatives. But it’s a glimpse of her partner that many viewers are currently fixated on.

The documentary is the first time viewers really get an inside look at Ocasio-Cortez and Riley Roberts’ otherwise private relationship. For some, it’s the first time they have ever seen Ocasio-Cortez’s partner. And his appearance shocked one viewer who called Roberts a “bin raccoon” in a self-described “mean tweet” that quickly went viral and got the meme treatment–with many flipping the script and parodying it.

“Apologies for the blatantly mean tweet but THIS is what AOC’s boyfriend looks like? incredible scenes, truly representing all the ambitious and stunning millennial women shackled to boyfriends who look like bin raccoons out there,” people on Twitter wrote, each one providing their own take of what Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend “looks” like.

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Ocasio-Cortez even joined in on the boyfriend discourse. As it turns out, the couple had planned a quick getaway to the woods to become lumberjacks in case she lost in the primary. Ocasio-Cortez and Roberts were both growing their hair out to prepare.

After the win, Roberts had to cut his beard as the lumberjack dreams had come to a screeching halt. Though, I’m sure he wasn’t too disappointed about it; you can actually see him cry tears of joy after Ocasio Cortez’s win in the documentary.


The culprit of the mean tweet, Marie Le Conte, has since then deleted the tweet featuring her “perfectly fine joke,” and issued a clarification. “Bin raccoon,” for her, means scruffy rather than ugly.

“‘Bin raccoon’ meant scruffy for me,” Le Conte wrote on Twitter. “I wouldn’t call someone ugly!”

Many actually found Roberts to be a super supportive, woke partner.


Knock Down the House features four women who all shook up Congress in their own right through their respective campaigns.

“Their geographic diversity, gender and race—in what became a historic midterm for women and people of color—was meant to illustrate ‘a group that would make a national movement,'” the film’s director, Rachel Lears, told the New York Times.

Ocasio-Cortez ended up beating her democratic incumbent opponent Joe Crowley–a win that was seen as a shocking upset for the Democratic establishment. It even seems that Ocasio-Cortez was surprised by it herself.


H/T Decider 

Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O’Sullivan is the news wire editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.