New York Magazine is currently producing a series of essays on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the overly-complimentary nature of them is getting roasted on Twitter.
“Take up Space: The Unprecedented AOC” is a book of essays that is described as “an in-depth look at one of the most prominent political and cultural stars in recent memory.” If that isn’t enough to get the gag reflex going…
The writings reportedly explore the young congresswoman’s “unprecedented position in American politics,” as well as “her rare authenticity” and “the role her beauty plays in public perception.” One piece even disses her man by noting the “total average-ness of her boyfriend.”
But don’t mistake this as being a bipartisan look into the life and times of AOC, no this is absolutely a fluff piece, or series of fluff pieces, aimed at explaining to the world in a million different ways how incredibly awesome the young lawmaker is.
NYMag producing book of essays on AOC's greatness, among them
"—An essay on the role that her beauty plays in her public perception by Rhonda Garelick"
"—Analysis of her social media greatest hits by Madison Malone Kircher"
"—An essay on her rare authenticity by Molly Fischer" pic.twitter.com/2mdHLGTQX9
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) November 29, 2021
Twitter users were quick to jump on the “ridiculous propaganda” that is this collection of essays:
I was told it was sexist to focus on her looks which is why she wears dresses with slogans on the back–so you don't look at her because she doesn't want you to look at her plz don't look at her
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) November 30, 2021
I hate to be the "this" guy, but mf'in this.
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) November 30, 2021
I just can’t! Ridiculous propaganda, people! Don’t you see through this manufactured persona, famous for being famous, but there is no there there.
— Gurly Girl (@SamiZebe) November 30, 2021
I wonder when exactly, at the point in time, journalism turned from being the watchdogs of democracy into idol worshiping?!
— Steven Ben 🦁 (@sbenari59) November 30, 2021
Martin Amis’ satire isn’t this good. Christopher Guest’s satire isn’t this good. Neither is the Babylon Bee’s. This is hysterical.
— John Putney (@putneyjk) November 30, 2021
“rare authenticity” pic.twitter.com/cYlQnbTfvk
— Ryan Hurley (@ryanphurley) November 29, 2021
I would rather believe you spent an enormous amount of time inventing this as an elaborate parody than believe it’s real so don’t try to change my mind.
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) November 30, 2021
Hence the title:
"Taking Up Space"
— Mike B. (@Mike_B_44) November 30, 2021
My jaw is on the floor at the title alone. Seriously? This is her achievement? Having mass? Did this test better than Warm A Chair?
— Dr. Dilostues (@drdilostues) November 30, 2021
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) November 29, 2021
With an extreme close up on the cover.
— DonQuixoteDeEfrata (@DonQuixoteOylam) November 30, 2021
Alternate title: Show Up And Breathe.
— Gary Weiss (@gary_weiss) November 30, 2021
One particularly concise Twitter user cut to the heart of the matter with a two-word tweet:
A book ?
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) November 30, 2021
Yes, apparently New York Magazine found out how to produce 400-pages of literature out of the congresswoman taking up space.
Tune in for their next literary adventure, “Squeezing Blood from a Stone.”
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