Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the congressional candidate from New York that recently beat a Democratic party leader in a surprising primary, is in Los Angeles today, but not to meet with Hollywood celebrities.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ocasio-Cortez is on a two-day trip to Los Angeles where she has two scheduled sold-out events. The first event was a luncheon earlier today co-hosted by several left-wing organizations including Occupy ICE L.A. and several “revolution” organizations. The second event will be hosted tomorrow night by the Democratic Socialists of America L.A chapter at a venue with a capacity of 700.
There are reportedly no plans for Ocasio-Cortez to meet with the entertainment industry's usual Democratic donors.
“She will not be having coffee with Carl Reiner,” The Hollywood Reporter reports. “There will be no sitdown with Jeffrey Katzenberg or David Geffen. No $5,000-a-plate dinner at Robert Iger's mansion in Brentwood.”
It is also reported that the Ocasio-Cortez campaign also did not reach out to the mayor’s office for a meeting.
The screenwriter for Beauty and the Beast, Jennifer Levin, plans on going to see Ocasio-Cortez with her 15-year-old daughter, but believes that Ocasio-Cortez is purposely staying away from Hollywood. “Let’s be honest: We represent the money. We are the elite. And I think it’s a smart move,” she said.
Some people disagree. Dan Schnur, the former director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, believes that Hollywood is hesitant to support Ocasio-Cortez after Hillary Clinton’s defeat: “This is ground zero for Hillary Clinton, whom they supported twice, and so it's worth assuming that the next time Ocasio-Cortez comes to town they will be throwing rose petals at her feet. But right now it might be a little too much and too fast for a risk-averse community."
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the USC SOl Price School of Public Policy, remarked that Jewish contributors “may not be supportive” of Ocasio-Cortez because of her controversial comments in a PBS interview where she called Israel an occupier of Palestine. This comment was later walked back after receiving criticism.
Despite the speculation, many celebrities congratulated Ocasio-Cortez after her primary victory:
In three weeks, Ocasio Cortez is expected to return to Los Angeles to participate in the annual Left-Coast Forum. There is no confirmation of scheduled meetings with Hollywood celebrities for the next meeting.