K-Pop Fans Hijack 'AOCLied' Hashtag in Defense of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

K-pop fans are flooding the #AOCLied hashtag on Twitter with photos and videos of their favorite stars, disrupting users who claim that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lied about her experience of the Capitol riots.

The hashtags #AOCLied and #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett, referring to actor Jussie Smollett who allegedly staged a hate crime assault, were both trending on Twitter.

On Monday night, Ocasio-Cortez hosted an Instagram Live in which she described her experience of the Capitol Riots of January 6, and how she feared for her life.

The representative for New York also revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault and compared the tactics of some Republicans, who are urging for people to move on from the riots without discussing accountability, to the tactics of abusers.

Candace Owen is among the critics claiming that Ocasio-Cortez had lied about aspects of her experience. Some are falsely claiming that Ocasio-Cortez lied about the location of her office, while others are suggesting that she lied about fearing for her life.

Ocasio-Cortez's office is in the Cannon Building, a part of the Capitol complex attached to the main Capitol building via a tunnel. During the Capitol Riots, the Cannon Building was among the buildings evacuated.

Some Twitter users are claiming that as her office is not in the main Capitol building, Ocasio-Cortez lied about her experience.

However, K-pop fans are coming to AOC's defense by flooding the hashtag with images, GIFs, and videos of their favorite stars, disrupting the tweets criticizing the politician.

Twitter user @bbyyjoji said "#AOCLied never" and attached a GIF.

Adeline on Twitter said: "#AOClied okay anyway here are more pics of my favs" and added a photo set.

#AOClied okay anyway here are more pics of my favs pic.twitter.com/u9Kl7mpLuE

— ‧₊˚ ☆ adeline ☆ ‧₊˚ (@G00DED4ZE) February 4, 2021

K-pop fan @atinytl simply said: "#AOClied look at these pictures of Choi San"

#AOClied look at these pictures of Choi San pic.twitter.com/QZYconlhyp

— 🏴‍☠️ TL ⧖⧗ (@atinytl) February 4, 2021

Twitter user @MostlyUsesWords said: "#AOClied no, she didn't. It's not her fault you don't know how the Capitol is structured" and added a GIF of Son Na-eun from the group Apink.

#AOClied no, she didn't. It's not her fault you don't know how the Capitol is structured. pic.twitter.com/u5XFnAef9m

— Wear a Mask, ICU beds are full! (@MostlyUsesWords) February 4, 2021

K-pop fans are known for hijacking hashtags and for spamming their feeds with photos and videos of K-pop performers.

On Sunday, K-pop fans flooded the #BidenLied hashtag, which originated in Twitter users disappointed in the news on stimulus checks, but soon turned into a feed of Korean girl groups.

In January, K-pop fans pulled a similar stunt when supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to get the hashtag #ImpeachBiden trending, just says after President Joe Biden's inauguration.

However, rather than finding tweets about impeaching the president, Twitter users scrolling through the hashtag would be bombarded with K-pop content.

K-pop fans also took on Trump supporters on election day in November 2020, as they flooded the hashtag #4MoreYears with their own content.

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Singers Jisoo, Lisa, Jennie Kim of BLACKPINK perform onstage. K-Pop fans frequently hijack political hashtags with tweets about their favorite singers and groups, including BLACKPINK. Scott Dudelson/Getty