The Rhode Island state congressperson who became a web sensation for posting a video of herself twerking in a two-piece on the Fourth of July regrets absolutely nothing over the exhibition and would do everything over once more.
Sen. Headdress Mack, an initial term Democrat, confronted a flood of analysis in the wake of posting the 8-second clasp of herself twerking topsy turvy in a hand-stand near the ocean to her authority TikTok page.
Her TikTok account was additionally briefly suspended and she even got demise dangers in the wake of making the post.
In any case, the aftermath from the video hasn’t deflected Mack, who told neighborhood news station WPRI that she’s utilized the responses to cultivate significant exchange.
“It’s been so thrilling and captivating to plunge into these discussions with individuals and to truly challenge their reasoning,”
the 28-year-old official said in a meeting with WPRI legislative issues supervisor Ted Nesi.
Mack added that she was just being herself, a young black queer woman, on her day off.
“I’ve struggled with the idea that in order to be respected, I have to be fully clothed and buttoned up and I have to be performing in a way that is inauthentic to myself,”
she told WPRI.
Mack, who was elected in 2020 and is running for re-election, dismissed critics of her video as racists and misogynists and said her TikTok post is nothing out of the ordinary for a young person to post.
“My behavior on my Twitter, Instagram and TikTok are consistent with a young millennial who is in office and challenging norms,”
she told the Associated Press.
“I’m showing that leadership looks different and welcoming people into the many different facets of my life.”
The video in question — which Mack filmed on Block Island and ended with an enthusiastic “Vote Senator Mack!” — has been viewed more than 220,000 times.
“It was a way to show that elected officials can be silly and have fun and enjoy a day off,”
she said, adding that state senators in Rhode Island are considered part-time workers.
Some commentators applauded the candid clip.
“I need to see more politicians doing [this],”
“Tempted to move to RI just to say this is my senator,”
another fan wrote, as others said she had sealed their support.
However, critics felt it was inappropriate for a lawmaker to post and Republicans in Rhode Island and across the country jumped at the opportunity to use the video to bash the left.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson ridiculed Mack’s video during his show, saying sarcastically that her “demonstrated talent” proved she was
“the next rising star in the Democratic Party.”
Mack said she hopes to funnel attention from the video into education and advocacy on issues like abortion rights, environmental protection, solitary confinement and the black wealth gap.
She has since started a campaign “#twerkfor” to promote her goals.