Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped into a ‘Donkey Kong 64’ session on Twitch

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped by a Twitch stream for an important reason.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped by a Twitch stream for an important reason.

Image: John Lamparski/Getty Images

It’s not every day a member of Congress drops by a Twitch session.

Streamers of a session of Donkey Kong 64 on Sunday were treated to a cameo from newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

YouTube star Hbomberguy, a.k.a. Harry Brewis, is streaming a Twitch marathon of the classic 1999 Donkey Kong adventure platformer released by Rare for Nintendo 64, which he’d never finished as a kid (preach).

Brewis explained in a video announcement he intended to play the game start to finish, streaming from January 18 to raise money for Mermaids, a charity providing resources and support for transgender children and young people. 

“I chose to support this charity because as a person living in Britain, I find the media discussion surrounding this issue in my country, especially in its tabloids, to be woefully misinformed,” he said. 

“I’d like to do my bit to help support the people who do the hard work of contributing to people’s thinking on an important issue.”

But there’s more to the stream than a nice thought. Brewis said he chose Mermaids specifically to “spite” comedy writer Graham Linehan, who worked on British sitcoms Father Ted, Black Books and The It Crowd. 

Linehan recently made headlines after encouraging people to oppose a substantial grant given to Mermaids from the Big Lottery Fund — a fund which awards grants to UK organisations, accumulated from tickets sold to the National Lottery — reportedly saying the charity pushes an “extreme ideological agenda.” As a result, the charity’s awarded funding is under review.

“Well done, Graham,” said Brewis in his video. “Now, tons of people know about Mermaids, and support them just to spite you.”

As of the stream’s 52-hour mark, Brewis had raised over $270,000 for the charity. 

But around the 50-hour mark, who should drop by but Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, after tweeting her support for the fundraiser. It was in the midst of a thread started by LGBT activist Charlotte Clymer, in which Ocasio-Cortez hit back at screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who said on Sunday that young Democrats needed to “stop acting like young people,” criticising them for focusing on issues like “transgender bathrooms.”

“That’s a Republican talking point they’re trying to distract you with,” Sorkin said.

Ocasio-Cortez, who recently delivered a perfectly deep Twitter cut with a 20-year-old video game meme, chatted casually to Hbomberguy about Nintendo 64 being “the best system” of them all.

“I never owned a N64 but I used to go to my cousin’s house all the time and she had Super Mario 64, Pokemon Snap, and probably a handful of other things,” she said.

But of course, in an effort to raise awareness for Mermaids, the Congresswoman chatted about discrimination and economic hardship experienced by the trans community.

“It makes these issues much more acute in their crises than they usually are on average for other people,” she said. “So it’s important that we do talk about these issues in the economic frame, but not let go of the fact that that discrimination is a core reason for the economic hardship.”

Needless to say, people were pretty psyched with the Congresswoman’s cameo.

Brewis said he won’t stop playing or raising funds until he’s finished the game, so this ain’t over. To tune in, head to Twitch.

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f90254%252f4f685db4 7e4b 4916 a3ad e5feb4b34744.jpg%252foriginal.jpg?signature=r6uuvw1b7mwxz26mwwovc4rxlge=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws



Source link

more recommended stories

  • Teen YouTubers who faked a pregnancy apologize — and offer bad sex ed advice

    Two teenage YouTubers were the subject.

  • Amazon devices, Philips juicers, Microsoft tablets, Kenwood mixers, and more on sale for April 18 in the UK

    The bank holiday weekend is almost.

  • Microsoft refused to sell facial recognition tech to law enforcement

    The potential for abuse of facial.

  • Google Pay can import airline miles, reward points, and more from Gmail now

    KRAKOW, POLAND – 2018/08/27: Fifty and.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere featured cameos from ‘It’s Always Sunny’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

    Spoiler warning: If you’re not caught.

  • 3 ways to combat climate change according to young activists

    Young people have a lot more.

  • Internet Explorer exploit lets hackers steal data even if you never it

    Even if you never open Internet.

  • Juul sets up a web portal for narcing on vaping teens

    Don’t be a bad teen.Image: Suzanne.

  • Mike Gravel’s campaign is proof that more politicians need meme tutors

    In the age of surrealist memes.

  • Noah Centineo plays an insufferable jerk in ‘The Perfect Date’: Review

    The following is a spoiler-free review.

  • A guide to roasting Bran Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

    sBran Stark sucks, but you don’t.

  • Instagram cracks down on ‘inappropriate’ content

    Instagram is making changes to its.

  • How did NASA create its own pretty artificial auroras? Rockets, of course.

    These artificial auroras are arguably as.

  • Don’t hold your breath for that 16-inch MacBook Pro

    Apple’s 16-  or 16.5-inch MacBook Pro.

  • K-pop Twitter can’t tell which way BTS’ Jimin is facing in this new video clip

    There’s nothing the internet loves more.

  • Shadows Die Twice’ and difficulty vs. accessibility

    For anyone who’s been paying attention.

  • Watch hilarious ‘Game of Thrones’ sketches from ‘Saturday Night Live’

    Jon Snow may know nothing, but.

  • Best wireless charging mats 2019 (RIP AirPower, we hardly knew you)

    The Choetech wireless charging pad is.

  • Snapchat gets upgrade with gaming platform and new features

    Snapchat is trying to stay alive.

  • Elon Musk is still Tesla CEO — for now

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk had his.

  • Lincoln Aviator SUV returns with 28-speaker sound system

    Disclosure Every product here is independently.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke describes what it’s like to survive a brain haemorrhage

    Emilia Clarke recently penned an op-ed.

  • The three most popular Netflix shows in the U.S.

    HighSpeedInternet looked at the top shows.

  • Best and worst April Fools jokes from big tech companies in 2019

    Big tech companies continued the tradition.

  • Facebook will give you more info about why certain posts show up in your News Feed

    Facebook is adding a feature to.

  • This massive online course sale is meant to help you live your best life

    Your time is valuable and limited.

  • Tom Hiddleston’s Chinese Centrum ad is a real wild ride

    It was brought to the internet’s.

  • Dad delivers impromptu performance of ‘Ave Maria’ for his daughter at Disney World

    There are some things in life.

  • GoFundMe donates to GoFundMe that’s trolling another GoFundMe

    We forgive you if you’re feeling.

  • Stephen Colbert tears into NASA for its female spacesuit debacle

    In case you needed any evidence.

  • The Fire HD 8 is on sale for Prime Members for $30 off on Amazon

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Best tax software for small business owners 2019

    Tax software that’s capable of tackling.