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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on Twitch stream to support trans rights

Published: 21/Jan/2019 18:02 Updated: 22/Jan/2019 2:02

by Wyatt Donigan

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As video games and Twitch continue to create pairings the likes of which we’ve never seen before, it looks as though Donkey Kong 64 has given us the unlikeliest pair of all.

A streamer on Twitch by the name of Harry ‘H.bomberguy’ Brewis was holding a charity stream to raise money for trans rights when none other than U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed up to show her support.

While it’s certainly not every day we see major political figures show up in Twitch streams, this is just one more example of the way Ocasio-Cortez has managed to reach out a new demographic.

ShutterstockAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district.

At just 29-years-old, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress, and as such, she’s been doing things outside the box her entire political career.

Even despite all of that, though, stepping foot into a Twitch stream is still one of the most unique things we’ve seen her do.

It all started when she posted a lengthy Twitter thread criticizing remarks made by Aaron Sorkin, creator of the popular series The West Wing, in which he said that “the new crop of young people” elected to Congress “need to stop acting like young people.” Further, he claimed that “the transgender bathrooms” was just “a Republican talking point.”

At this point, many users on Twitter urged her to appear on the stream and she eventually obliged, giving us what could be the best moment of 2019 thus far.

As Ocasio-Cortez introduced herself on stream, H.bomberguy simply looked awestruck as he couldn’t believe what was transpiring on his stream.

Once they started chatting about the purpose of the stream, Ocasio-Cortez gave her opinion on the matter, saying “Trans rights are civil rights are human rights.”

She didn’t stop there, however, going on to give her definitive stance on what console is the best of all time.

“I never owned an N64, though I do think it’s probably the best system out of all of them,” Ocasio-Cortez

By the end of the stream, H.bomberguy ended up raising over $300,000 for Mermaids, a UK-based foundation focused on supporting trans families.

2019 may not even be a month old yet, but with Congresswomen showing up on Twitch, who knows what the rest of the year will have in store.

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Travis Scott and PlayStation tease new PS5 “Cactus Jack” Nike Dunks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott has revealed a new “TS5” teaser with PlayStation, which features a brief glimpse showcasing what appears to be a PS5 and Cactus Jack collaboration on a pair of Nike Dunk lows.

The 2020 king of collaborations, Scott, continues to up the ante. This time, he and Sony partnered to put together a teaser video, which is an obvious ode to the infamous Maxell “Blown Away Guy” advertisements from 1980.

In the social media commercial, Sony’s PlayStation headquarters are shown, followed by a few different employees who represent different aspects of the new console’s development (platform, design, and engineering). Afterward, Scott sits down, powers on a PS5, and is literally blown away.

Each employee is rocking some of Scott’s Cactus Jack merchandise, including one wearing a pair of his iconic Jordan 1 lows and one wearing a similar design, but on a pair of Nike Dunk lows. In the corner, a PS logo can be noticed by the sneaker’s heel.

It’s a short and sweet video, starting with some foreshadowing and teasing of the collaboration before finishing with a direct promotion for the PS5. An employee is seen wearing the PS5 Cactus Jack Dunks and then later, Scott himself appears to be wearing them as he kicks back and turns on the console.

In what might be obvious to those who have a keen eye for historic marketing content, the ending Scott portion of the clip is nearly a direct recreation of Maxell’s original ads from a couple decades ago. Those ads featured someone turning on one of the brand’s cassette tapes and experiencing the media quite physically. 

Similarly, Scott’s clothing, hair, and surrounding furniture are simultaneously hit with an unrelenting gust as soon as he powers on the PS5.

With the announcement from Sony that Scott has been enlisted as a “strategic creative partner,” it’s unclear exactly what the extent of this collaboration could mean. At the very least, fans can expect the two to work together on more projects.

One such project could be a pair of Cactus Jack sneakers, which would mean a three-way collab between Nike, Sony, and Scott’s own personal brand.

TRAVIS SCOTT CACTUS JACK PLAYSTATION NIKE DUNKS
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The outside of the Cactus Jack x PlayStation Nike Dunks.

Scott’s sneaker collaborations typically sell out very quickly and then dominate the resale market, where resellers net huge profits just by lucking out and being among the first to invest in his reworked designs.

This sneaker follows the original Jordan 1 design, with an inverted swoosh logo on the outside, but in a contrasting colorway. Similarly, it seems to feature a PS5 logo at the heel (as other Nike and PlayStation collaborations have). It’s unknown whether these will be made available to the public or if they will be a “friends and family” symbolic release.