When eight-year-old child actor Ava Martinez realized that she could do a spot-on Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez parody, she exploited that to her personal gain. In a mere short few weeks, the child actor rose to the heights of viral stardom, catapulting her acting and comedy career in one shot. However, since she was doing impersonations of the Congresswoman, who is an extremely controversial figure in politics right now, she became the target of threats and abuses and has since been forced to quit social media altogether.
Known colloquially as “Mini AOC,” Ava Martinez from Rancho Santa Margarita, California posted several videos where she vehemently mocked the influential freshman congresswoman and her agendas. However, on Wednesday, her family has come forward with a startling announcement. Ava Martinez will no longer be making mocking videos of AOC because the young child actor has received numerous death threats and other worrying messages.
The family has no clue of the true identity of the people making the death threats. However, they are thought to be people who are die-hard supporters of Representative Ocasio-Cortez. The family turned to Twitter to reveal that they will stop production on future videos and have removed all previous videos from the internet.
The statement was posted on Twitter via a user named SickenTirade:
“Ava will not be doing any more MINI AOC content. The Left’s Harassment and death threats have gone too far for our family. We have been getting calls on our personal phone numbers. For our safety and for our child’s safety, we deleted all Mini AOC accounts.”
The announcement came one day before Independence Day.
Martinez’s stepfather Salvatore Schachter has been using Martinez to rack up views and likes on social media.
Although Schachter told Fox News after the family quit that the MINI AOC series was received positively at first, critics soon became very vocal as the negative “became too much” for the young girl to handle. The concerned stepfather admitted that comments became “increasingly personal, dark, and dangerous.”
He added, “She’s disappointed at not doing Mini AOC going forward, but we explained that this is for the best, and she’s okay with it.”
Now the family has one message for the people who have issued death threats against the eight-year-old girl.
“The world has seen Ava’s beauty, talent, and charm, which was the whole reason for Mini AOC, to begin with, and no amount of hate or anger will change that,” Schachter told Fox News. “Also, like Ava says, ‘try using your words.'”
Schachter then posted a follow-up tweet asking people to donate money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of MINI AOC.
“Thank you to everyone for the goodwill & support for Mini AOC. Your kind & thoughtful comments have brought Ava many smiles & we greatly appreciate it. In lieu of donations for her education, Ava would like to ask everyone to donate to St. Jude’s.”
The goal of the MINI AOC fundraising campaign was $100,000. At the time of this writing, it has raised more than $7,000 toward that goal of helping sick children and their families.
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