If there's one thing we didn't expect this week, it was AOC streaming Among Us but boy, are we glad she did!
The US politician and all around badass just made her debut stream on Twitter gaming platform Twitch, and we're not exaggerating when we say it could quite possibly be our favourite moment of 2020.
highlights from the @AOC among us stream - my love for this woman knows no bounds 💖 https://t.co/aZErKVAlVw pic.twitter.com/OCa06KMuobOctober 21, 2020
AOC, whose full name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (for those who have been living under a rock), joined the gaming site in a genius attempt to encourage young viewers to vote. Naturally, she created yet another milestone moment when she became one of the platform’s biggest broadcasters while at it, reaching 435,000 viewers around the time of her first match. Is there anything this woman can't do?
According to a TwitchTracker site, her huge audience has officially made her one of the 20 biggest streams ever on the platform and could even be in the top ten for individual streams.
The US Representative announced that she would be doing the stream on Monday, tweeting: “Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote?” And it wasn't long before streamers flocked to sign up to watch.
During the stream, AOC was joined by fellow US Rep. Ilhan Omar and some major names in the Twitch world including Pokimane, HasanAbi, Disguised Toast and DrLupo amongst others - all of whom seemed impressed by the politician's skills. Despite having admitted that she'd never played the game before, she did pretty well in the first round as an impostor, knocking out about half the field before getting caught.
AOC isn't the first politician to use Twitch to engage with young voters. Last year, Bernie Sanders joined the platform to reach a “potentially supportive audience that we may not be hitting other ways”. Though he didn't do quite as well as AOC with the streaming numbers.
With the US election looming so close, we might be seeing more of this in the next couple of weeks!
Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty. She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.
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