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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's boyfriend got a makeover after haters said he looked like a 'bin raccoon'

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to getting flak from the world at large. But now it’s her longtime boyfriend, Riley Roberts, who is under the microscope.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., left, is seen leaving orientation session for new members of congress, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Washington. Walking alongside Ocasio-Cortez is Riley Roberts, right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's boyfriend, Riley Roberts, was shamed online for his scruffy beard. (Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Roberts appears in several scenes in the new Netflix documentary Knock Down the House, which followed Ocasio-Cortez and three other women running for Congress as they hit the campaign trail last year. The redheaded Roberts comes across as the ultimate supportive partner in the documentary, dispensing hugs and “I love yous” as the election results roll in, or wiping away tears while his newly elected girlfriend stands before her new workplace, the U.S. Capitol.

But some viewers were more fixated on Roberts’ physical appearance than his pep talks.

“Apologies for the blatantly mean tweet but THIS is what AOC's boyfriend looks like? Incredible scenes, truly representing all the ambitious and stunning millennial women shackled to boyfriends who look like bin raccoons out there,” tweeted political journalist Marie Le Conte, who has since deleted the message and explained that she was calling Roberts “scruffy” and not “ugly.”

The term “bin raccoon” soon took a life of its own.

While the looks-shaming term inspired a slew of memes, others lashed out at the criticism of Roberts’ appearance. Nylon magazine called it “hateful and pretty low,” and many pointed out the backlash that would no doubt ensue if a politician’s female partner had her looks picked apart.

But Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez seem to be laughing the matter off — after a trip to the barber’s, anyway. On Saturday the freshman congresswoman posted an Instagram Story revealing that the “bin raccoon” jab had prompted her live-in boyfriend to get a haircut.

Roberts showed off his new look on social media. (Photo: Instagram Stories via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
Roberts showed off his new look on social media. (Photo: Instagram Stories via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
The congresswoman joked that her boyfriend had been "roasted" online. (Photo: Instagram Stories via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
The congresswoman joked that her boyfriend had been "roasted" online. (Photo: Instagram Stories via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

“The internet roasted Riley into getting a haircut/glow-up after Knock Down the House,” Ocasio-Cortez captioned the footage of Roberts showing off his trimmed ‘do — though his long beard is still intact. She can also be overheard telling him that he looks “good.”

According to a tweet Ocasio-Cortez posted last week, there’s a reason why Roberts had what she calls a “castaway beard” — they’d both been working so hard on her campaign that neither had “gotten a haircut in months.”

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