A Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) parody account known as ‘Mini AOC’ has left Twitter and all other social media platforms after claiming it was subjected to doxxing and death threats.
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 3, 2019
A recent controversial tweet from the account sought to parody a photo set of Ocasio-Cortez that was recently rediscovered. In the original photos, Ocasio-Cortez is seen looking sullen and heartbroken outside of a child-housing complex for undocumented immigrants in Tornillo, Texas.
I’ll never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents,& caged them.
More kids died after this. To date, no one has been held accountable.
We need to save these kids. https://t.co/HhdMqc5zML
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2019
The original photos attracted divisive reactions online.
The Mini AOC tweet that spurred so much ire chose to poke fun at the suffering of the children being held at such complexes. The account recreated Ocasio-Cortez’s photos under the premise that Mini AOC was upset the park she wanted to go to was closed. Ava Martinez, the 8-year-old girl who plays the role and her parents who operate the Mini AOC accounts quickly received backlash for this particular attempt at a parody.
Many online were quick to point out the exploitative nature of the Mini AOC account in using a child to gain popularity and attention online.
Real AOC: fighting CBP
Mini AOC: fighting CPS
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) July 2, 2019
I don’t like the Mini AOC account. Kids should not be used as props for political purposes.
— X-808 (@x808beats) June 29, 2019
Following the account’s deletion, Martinez’s stepfather Salvatore Schachter released a statement confirming that the social media accounts were in fact deleted with the hope of preserving the family’s safety.
Ava will not being doing any more MINI AOC content.
The Left's Harassment and death threats have gone too far for our family. We have been getting calls on our personal phone numbers.
For our safety and for our child's safety, we deleted all Mini AOC accounts.
— Mini AOC (@RealMiniAOC) July 3, 2019
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