AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is known for grabbing the attention of the media by standing as a powerful voice for young people in politics. This Tuesday, October 20th, the politician took to the internet’s newest craze, ‘Among Us,’ to play a fun game and to talk about this upcoming 2020 Presidential election.
Ocasio-Cortez is the U.S. representative of the Bronx and Queens in New York. She is the youngest person ever to serve in the United States Congress and is an outspoken voice for progressive Gen Z and millennials who are pro-choice, pro-gun control, and pro-immigrant. As a young woman of color, she is a refreshing face in a historical world of old, White male politicians.
It is no wonder millennials and gen z identify with her politics. AOC is known for being more relatable than her colleagues, but now she’s pushing the envelope even further. She took to the live-streaming platform, Twitch, to play the ever-so-famous ‘Among Us.’ Watch AOC go through ALL the emotions while playing it:
— The Recount (@therecount) October 21, 2020
It was not all just fun and games. The congresswoman came with a mission- she wanted to get her peers to the polls this election seasons. AOC took to Twitter on October 19th, to schedule the live-stream and wanted others to join as an encouragement to vote:
Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote? (I’ve never played but it looks like a lot of fun)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 19, 2020
All elections are tense, but this November election is proving to be extremely polarized. This is not to mention the added stress and limits caused by the pandemic. With many polls not open this year, and many ballots being mail-in (leading to mail-in fraud), people can feel overwhelmed by the chaos at hand. What better way to lighten things up and gather people’s attention with a fun game?
It is important to recognize that people of voting age are encouraged by different actions. AOC recognized the demographic that is encouraged by online communities and gaming platforms– not just rallies and commercials. At just 31 years old, she is changing the way in which politicians relate to young people and the way in which they communicate with them, something that has not been considered for many years.
She took time to talk about politics, touching on Universal healthcare while asking players from the UK what their healthcare looks like:
— Brennan Murphy (@brenonade) October 21, 2020
She claimed her mission was to overwhelm the vote from young people this election.
Twitter is Obsessed
As always, Twitter is the first to react and if they were not already, they were falling head over heels for AOC and her hilarious experience using the app.
Same, girl, same.
me: stop👏 stanning👏 politicians👏
also me watching aoc play among us on twitch: pic.twitter.com/UXquuJCpmU
— i praydalor my sodakeep (@AlmondTiddies) October 21, 2020
Ummm, did we forget to mention that she had Minnesotan Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, join her? ICONIC.
— Pérez🇧🇿 (@unkwnpz) October 21, 2020
One of my kids just ran down the stairs, yelling, "AOC is playing Among Us on Twitch, to get out the vote!!" She is so smart about this stuff, I love it.
— Gremliny Nussboo (@emilynussbaum) October 21, 2020
Inspiring people everywhere:
YOU LOVE TO SEE IT!
First time streaming on Twitch, Congress Woman, Latina, 500K Followers, probably the most non-esports viewed streamed ever on Twitch, ~400k Concurrent.
— ZuneGirl 📌 #VOTE (@Zune_Girl) October 21, 2020
rightwingers watching aoc hit 400k viewers on twitch while they sit on twitter crying about a politician playing a video game pic.twitter.com/ZvLfR6AYDu
— dean (@shutuptwink) October 21, 2020
That’s right! Ocasio-Cortez nearly broke Twitch’s viewership record while live-streaming with over 400k views while live and as of now, 4.8 million views in total. She stands just behind Ninja and Drake on the platform. Apparently, had she reached 600k live viewers, she would have beat the record- so close!
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) October 21, 2020
If you’re anything like me (a millennial with Little to no knowledge of gaming culture), let me fill you in on why everyone is obsessed with this game. ‘Among Us’ is a video game where you are one of up to 10 crew members on a space ship. Everyone has an integral job to keep the ship running, except one person…the imposter. The imposter is an alien who sabotages the work of everyone else and even kills its fellow crew members.
While the game has been out for over two years now, it is rising in popularity with users being popular Youtube and TikTok stars.
Youtubers, like Mr.Beast, have given the game a second life.
We played Among Us on the gaming channel but whoever won the game got $10,000! It’s epic 🤪https://t.co/e5SNKELuEK
— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) October 21, 2020
AOC and Gaming
While she may have been new to ‘Among Us,’ this is hardly the first time Ocasio-Cortez has gamed. Remember way back in the beginning of quarantine when everyone was obsessed with ‘Animal Crossing’? So was she. She even was accepting invites to join her fans’ islands.
Between this and the animal crossing thing, I need an AOC Gaming Youtube Channel like yesterday. I'd watch every video tbh. https://t.co/YESGwLNJHh
— Derek Deputy (@Nintenderek) July 14, 2020
Did AOC push you to vote, yet? She is pretty convincing if you ask me. No matter where you stand on politics, get out and vote. If you have the ability to vote, you have the responsibility to vote. Heck! You can vote in your pajamas, in your car, in between commercial and ‘Among Us’ rounds. If you have a mail-in ballot, just make sure to drop it off at the polls, so it can be accounted for this late in the game.