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Supporters defend Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after video of her dancing at BU circulates online

A legion of people online came to the defense of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday after a small contingent of Internet dwellers tried to use a video of her dancing on a rooftop in a Boston University shirt as a means to discredit her.

The short video was making the rounds on social media Thursday in high volume, the same day Ocasio-Cortez, 29, was officially sworn into Congress.

But the clip that was shared was edited down to just 30 seconds, and doesn’t exactly tell the whole story — plus the claim that it shows Ocasio-Cortez during her high school days isn’t true.


The full, original video was actually filmed in 2010 at BU, according to the school’s website, and was an homage to a popular YouTube trend that was sweeping the nation at the time, called the “Brat Pack Mashup.”

Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2011, with a degree in economics and international relations.

According to BU Today, the school’s website for campus news, Ocasio-Cortez — who went by the nickname Sandy, the end credits show — was part of a diverse group of student dancers who participated in the making of the video.

The four-minute montage of students in BU gear is a riff on dance scenes from the popular 1980s films that featured the so-called “Brat Pack,” such as “The Breakfast Club.”

The “high-spirited music video,” in BU Today’s words, includes shots of Boston’s skyline, the school’s mascot, and is set to the hit song “Lisztomania” by the group Phoenix.

For her part, Ocasio-Cortez is shown with a beaming smile on her face as she twirls around on the rooftop of the College of Arts & Sciences with her fellow classmates.


“The BU ‘Lisztomania’ Brat Pack Mashup was the brainchild of Raúl Fernandez (COM ’00), assistant director of the Howard Thurman Center, BU’s multicultural center,” according to BU Today at the time.

Fernandez said at the time that he wanted to make the short, peppy film to “bring people together.”

While a few people tried to use the video as a means to mock the congresswoman, many others came to her defense on Twitter.

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