Just like that, it is on. Not long after Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, invited Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to play Among Us, she responded to his tweet with the eternally famous last words, "What could go wrong?"
Canadian Members of Parliament & US Members of Congress venting each other into space. What could go wrong?I’m in @theJagmeetSingh!See you tomorrow.7pm EST 👾 🇺🇸🇨🇦https://t.co/F2JNKLgFaQ https://t.co/QmhF6D86NONovember 26, 2020
What could go wrong, indeed?
I can't believe our game will destroy US-Canadian relations oopsbut omg 👀November 26, 2020
A little context: In October, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played Among Us on Twitch to help get out the vote for the US election. It was, to put it mildly, a hit: Her first-ever stream, which also included appearances by Representative Ilhan Omar and streamers Pokimane, HasanAbi, Disguised Toast, and DrLupo, topped out at more than 435,000 concurrent viewers. The VOD has since drawn 5.6 million views.
.@AOC are you in?@northernlion @hasanthehun pic.twitter.com/k0yHJyBhzyNovember 26, 2020
The NDP is the leftmost of Canada's three main political parties, with deep roots in organized labor. It's never actually held power at the federal level but it does have a long history of bringing social-democratic values to legislation, which is why it's sometimes referred to as the "conscience of Parliament." In a very general sense, it's the party that Ocasio-Cortez would probably be most at home at if she were Canadian.
There's an element of bandwagoning and "fellow kids" to the whole thing, but Singh has been very big on outreach since becoming NDP leader, particularly with young voters, and so it really is a natural fit, even if he didn't think of it first. And streaming with Ocasio-Cortez ought to amplify the effort exponentially: Singh has 1,900 followers on Twitch, which isn't bad for a start but pretty pale compared to Ocasio-Cortez's 739,000 followers.
(I also think it's endearing that he tweeted the wrong guy in his initial announcement. Luckily, someone pointed it out and he corrected in the replies.)