That is until Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) revealed to her Instagram followers on Friday that she would — in a stunning act of “resistance” — go get her nails done. Lest you scoff, here’s AOC’s version of really fantastic resistance, as delivered straight from the horse’s mouth:
Hello, everyone. I’d like to welcome you all to another exciting Friday. And I say “happy,” because joy also may be considered a form of resistance. I want to discuss personal acts of reclaiming because sometimes people will say: There is nothing I can do about it… There is so much powerlessness within me.
And, there is not an action too little for you to take. Even now, I have a personal errand to run. I’ll need to paint my nails again. And I’ve made the decision to employ my new manicure as a sort of personal act of reclaiming myself.
I’m sorry, I don’t have anything. Except… imagine AOC’s reaction if a guy — a white, conservative man, of course – told her: “You know what, Alex? Why don’t you go get your nails done as an act of resistance?” I’d pay-per-view it to watch that scenario play out.
As if her adoring followers were demanding more — of course they were — our former bartender published a follow-up video in which she claimed she was prohibited from painting her nails red or wearing red lipstick by her parents when she was younger.
It was extremely socially conservative, to the degree that I couldn’t even paint my nails red until I’d graduated and left the house because there was a lot of talk about how red fingernails and lipstick were improper.
It simply portrays a message about the type of woman you are. And I believe that a lot of times when we think of an uncontrollable person as bad or negative, it’s because they’re interpreted to be like this.
So, there you have it, my fellow Americans. On this 246th Independence Day. I urge you to follow Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s courageous example, wherever you are and whatever your circumstances. Yes, fellow patriots, if you’re feeling resistant today, go get your nails done.