AOC Takes on Sexism and Abusive Speech toward Women: How the Media Covered It
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a BU alum, slams Representative Ted Yoho in a speech that goes viral, saying, “I am someone’s daughter, too.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (CAS’11) delivered a powerful and emotional speech Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives about the abusive ways some men talk to women. And if the media coverage, from the Washington Post to Fox News, from CNN to the Daily Beast, is any indication, it was a speech that nobody should miss watching.
Her words came after Representative Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) stopped her on the Capitol steps earlier in the week, accosted her, and called her “crazy,” she said, and when she was out of earshot, muttered that she was a “fucking bitch.” In her speech, Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said she had planned on letting the confrontation pass—until Yoho brought it up on the House floor and apologized for what he called a “misunderstanding,” but not for his words. And that, Ocasio-Cortez said, is when she could stay silent no longer.
“When you do that to any woman—what Mr. Yoho did was give permission to other men to do that to his daughters,” she said. “In using the language in front of the press, he gave permission to use that language against his wife, his daughters, women in his community, and I am here to say that is not acceptable.”
Here is a roundup of headlines about her speech, from a cross section of media sites:
Fox News: Ocasio-Cortez delivers emotional floor speech slamming Rep. Yoho’s ‘abusive language’
New York Times: A.O.C. Unleashes a Viral Condemnation of Sexism in Congress
CNN: AOC 1, Ted Yoho 0
Daily Beast: Ocasio-Cortez Rips Rep. Ted Yoho to Shreds on House Floor for ‘F*cking Bitch’ Comment
Yahoo News: AOC rips Rep. Yoho on House floor: ‘I have tossed men out of bars that have used language like Mr. Yoho’s’
New Yorker: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivers a Lesson in Decency on the House Floor
Deadline News: Hollywood Applauds Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Evisceration Of Sexist & Verbally Abusive GOP Congressman
MSNBC: AOC’s blistering rebuke of GOP Rep. Yoho after verbal attack