On Thursday, VH1 unveiled its hotly anticipated list of guest judges for Season 12 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” featuring Ocasio-Cortez as well as actor Jeff Goldblum, rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Chaka Khan.
Ocasio-Cortez’s participation, however, caught heavy flak on social media, particularly from conservative news outlets and right-wing media figures. When “RuPaul’s Drag Race” shared a short promo video Thursday afternoon of the congresswoman on Twitter, some argued that the appearance was unpatriotic.
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) February 13, 2020
“The world is much safer if she’s just ogling drag queens and staying out of government entirely,” one person wrote. Added another, “That actually sounds like an appropriate job for her. As opposed to the position she currently holds.”
Others, like Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and Nate Madden of The Blaze, were similarly dismissive.
AOC is proud to “pledge allegiance to the Drag”
I wonder why she never claims to be proud to “pledge allegiance to the Flag”
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 13, 2020
AOC is going to be a guest judge on RuPaul's drag race this season.
A sitting member of Congress: "I pledge allegiance to the drag."pic.twitter.com/dSm1LJRdMy
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) February 13, 2020
As for Ocasio-Cortez, however, she didn’t seem too vexed by the pushback to her “RuPaul’s Drag Race” appearance.
On Thursday afternoon, she responded:
They can go back to Party City 😉🏳️🌈 https://t.co/SOf33dXmBp
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 13, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez, however, has remained resolute throughout much of the criticism. Earlier this month, she took late-night TV and podcast personalities Desus Nice and The Kid Mero on a video tour of her native Bronx, and at one point she stepped behind the bar to mix cocktails for the crew.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.