Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens) was barely in middle school when Beyonce topped the charts with “Bootylicious” as part of Destiny’s Child.
That didn’t stop her older ally Alyssa Pressley (D-Massachusetts) from making a somewhat age-inappropriate reference to the ’90s all-girl supergroup in a tweet promoting a push to make birth control available over the counter.
Pushing back against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Pressley pointed out that several women lawmakers already have a plan to widen access contraception.
“AOC’s vocals (& original co sponsorship) = on point,” Pressley wrote on Twitter. “Just call it the Destiny’s Child of OTC birth control.”
In case you thought Ocasio-Cortez was the Beyonce of the bunch, think again. Pressley followed up with a tweet annointing Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) as the Queen Bee of birth control.
AOC approvingly retweeted the post, which was apparently intended as a rebuke to Cruz, who proposed a deal with Ocasio-Cortez on the issue.
So did Murray, whose spokeswoman said she was “obviously very flattered” to wind up in the same tweet as Mrs. Jay-Z.
Lost in the politics was the somewhat odd reference to a sexy singing group that was history long before AOC downloaded her first tunes.
Destiny’s Child, which included Michelle Rowland and Michelle Williams, hit pop paydirt in 2001 with the smash album “Survivor.” They broke up a couple of years later and Beyonce famously went on to even bigger superstardom as a solo artist.
But AOC, who is just 29, was still a schoolgirl when Beyonce and the ladies were strutting their stuff. That makes Pressley’s tweet a bit cringeworthy. And it may have inadvertantly exposed the age gap between Pressley, 45, and her much younger lefty pal.