U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded Tuesday night to a
report that a New York City paramedic was supplementing her
income during the coronavirus pandemic by working for a racy
“Sex work is work,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, retweeting a Rolling
Stone magazine story that accused the New York Post of shaming
the paramedic, 23-year-old Lauren Kwei, for posting content to
the OnlyFans site in order to earn extra money.
The New York Democrat said any shame should be directed at the
federal government, not at sex workers.
“The federal gov has done almost nothing to help people in
months,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “We must pass stimulus checks, UI,
small biz relief, hospital funding, etc.
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“Keep the focus of shame there,” Ocasio-Cortez added, “not on
marginalizing people surviving a pandemic without help.”
Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez found herself agreeing with
Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has also
called for stimulus checks for ordinary Americans to be part of
the next coronavirus relief bill.
"I will gladly work w/ @AOC and anyone else who wants to help
working families. Families and working people in need should be
the FIRST consideration in COVID relief, not last," Hawley wrote
on Twitter on Dec. 4.
The Rolling Stone article reported that OnlyFans saw sign-ups by
creators of racy content spike as much as 75 percent during the
The article added that Kwei also worked as a hostess at a Korean
restaurant in order to pay her bills – and then called out the
Post for not “applauding her for her entrepreneurial spirit.”
The magazine also accuses the Post of imperiling Kwei’s job as a
health care worker, although a representative of her employer,
SeniorCare, told the Daily Beast there were no plans to
Ocasio-Cortez has previously advocated for decriminalizing sex
work. Last year she joined fellow progressives Sen. Bernie
Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in backing
the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act.