Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@) wore clothing to work on Thursday, and it became a thing. Eddie Scarry (@), a @ writer who covers media and politics, tweeted a photograph of the Democratic congresswoman-elect from behind, apparently taken somewhere on Capitol Hill. “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now,” Scarry wrote on Thursday. “I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
The tweet quickly drew tens of thousands of angry responses, spanning the range of emotion common to digital precincts: anger, humor, sarcasm. After hours of controversy on Twitter, in which it seemed as though just about everyone had a chance to weigh in, Scarry deleted the tweet, writing that he felt it had been misinterpreted. Many speculated that Scarry’s remarks were informed by sexism.
Ocasio-Cortez said she believed that the criticism and focus on her body would probably be forthcoming regardless of what she was wearing. “If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside,” she wrote on Twitter. “If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light — that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing.” (photo by AP; illustration by @)