It seems that talking about things out of their depth runs in the Ocasio-Cortez family.
Gabriel “Gabe” Ocasio-Cortez, the younger brother of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – N.Y.), has started dishing out online advice about life and relationships to his 12,100 followers on Instagram.
Ocasio-Cortez has been using his Instagram account as a “zero judgment zone,” where he focuses on advice for relationship troubles.
“My [girlfriend] was raped before we started dating. She won’t do any[thing] sexual with me w/o crying. Advice?” asked one follower.
“It sounds like she’s working on it with you and through you,” the openly gay New Yorker responded. “Respect boundaries, make her feel safe. If you can’t go on like this, you have to respect yourself and find what’s appropriate for you.”
Another advice seeker inquired, “best friend & I got drunk and hooked up,” indicating that the friend also has a boyfriend. “What should I do?”
“You didn’t do anything wrong and it’s my personal belief that you are not obligated to right his wrong by informing his partner,” advised Ocasio-Cortez. “Most likely if you want to keep the friendship, you’re going to have to decide to either fully forget it or fully discuss it.”
One gay follower was upset that his boyfriend wouldn’t tell his parents about them.
“Sounds like he’s closeted and if he’s not then I would want answers,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “Don’t be afraid to listen to ‘Lemonade,'” he said, referencing a Beyoncé album that seems to be dedicated to cheating and breakups.
On his LinkedIn profile, Ocasio-Cortez lists his “experience” as a “Residential Consultant” in New York City for over five years. That appears to be a fancy way to say what most people would call, “Real Estate Agent.” His education appears to include a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University which according to the New York Post is in “Art Psychotherapy.”
However, he doesn’t appear to have any experience in psychotherapy other than the shallow advice he doles out on Instagram.
He doesn’t just limit his posts to relationship and life advice and also is active in politics in his posts and life. He donated a hundred dollars to the Friends of Nomiki Konst in 2019 when she ran an unsuccessful campaign for Public Advocate and shows support for other political causes in his Instagram posts.
Ocasio-Cortez also supports his older sister in her socialist political ventures. According to an interview late last year, he is his big sister’s biggest fan. He told the interviewer that as his sister initially rose to notoriety, he was advised by the FBI not to open his mail because people were mailing bombs. He also seemed to have had to temporarily stop working during that time.
While Ocasio-Cortez declined media inquiries about his new past time, experts weighed in on the online therapy he has been giving.
“Overall, he oversimplifies and pontificates freely based on very little information,” according to a statement made to the New York Post by psychotherapist and social worker Beth Wechsler. “If you want real help with a serious life problem, you don’t sum it up in one sentence and put it on Instagram.”
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