I am not alone when it comes to the disdain of pushing kids into politics and political activism. I am deeply cynical on these matters, as watching children engage in something with great passion and worry appeals to the most basic of our biological tendencies; to protect children.
So when children are deployed as a means to influence opinion, or even to guilt politicians into signing potentially flawed – if well-intentioned – policies, my brain kicks into this mode in where I don’t feel I’m being informed, but rather I’m being manipulated. Take, for instance, this exchange between some children and Senator Diane Feinstein.
In this case, Feinstein handles the matter like a seasoned politician, giving what I can only really describe as the diplomatic way of saying “Pipe down, and let adults decide.”
Because, let’s be honest, who would want to take instructions from kids on anything? If some kids came into your office with a placard and told you what you had to do, or else you’d be screwing them over in the future, you’d rightly tell them to fuck off.
Now, there has been the recent case of MiniAOC, the little girl who has pushing political satire as a tiny version of Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. A play on the Mini-Me meme, if you will. This girl has been a viral sensation amid conservative circles, serving as parody of the Queens representative, and poking fun at the popular Congresswoman.
Yet, I cannot get onboard with this, either, for reasons I detail above. It’s a different kind of manipulation. The mockery of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is somehow lightened by the fact that it’s an 8 year old girl doing the performance. Yet, behind all this I can see a parent – or parents – pushing their daughter front and centre of all this, for the baying hounds of social media to target.
And target, they have. The subsequent abuse that was allegedly directed at the creators of the MiniAOC account, and to the actress herself, has resulted in the account being shut down.
In both examples I write here, I condemn the use of children for the purposes of making political hay. It’s manipulative, and a shocking abuse of the unconditional trust that children hold with their parents. This MiniAOC actress has much of her life ahead of her, and who is to say that she won’t later regret her political adventure, especially if she doesn’t agree with conservative values?
Although, there’s also something a bit off about the reasons why the MiniAOC account was removed. Per this story:
(Redacted) will not being doing any more MINI AOC content.
The Left’s Harassment and death threats have gone too far for our family. We have been getting calls on our personal phone numbers.
For our safety and for our child’s safety, we deleted all Mini AOC accounts.
(I have redacted the child’s name for my own reasons – despite the source article stating it clearly).
To use an old Reaganism of “Trust But Verify”, how do they know that this harassment has come from “The Left”? The internet troll gallery is deep, numerous and highly anonymous. To specifically indicate from where the harassment had come would either need some kind of identifying factor before we can assume anything.
Because otherwise it’s just yet another case of one side labelling the other side as horrible people, just to demonise them.
And that, as I’ve said many a time on this blog, is something that needs to fuck off.
Political debate needs level heads and reason. Not drama, posturing, dehumanisation and most of all, children.