Posted on July 6, 2022

Rhode Island Senator Tiara Mack Responds to TikTok Criticism for Twerking Upside Down

Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News, July 5, 2022


Tiara Mack, a Democrat representing District 6 in Rhode Island, posted a TikTok video of herself twerking upside down in a bikini, describing it as a “promised senator thirst trap at Block Island.”

“Vote Senator Mack” she said to the camera after letting it all hang out in the sun on Monday.

In another short clip (captured by the Baller Alert Instagram account), the self-described “queer educator” and “reproductive rights activist” asks, “How many nip slips am I allowed to get on the Fourth of July?”


The 28-year-old 2016 Brown University graduate posted a series of videos making funny facial expressions as she leaned into the backlash the twerking video ignited.

“I don’t ever wanna hear you complain about how ‘women aren’t respected in this country’ after posting this,” one commenter said.

She responded: “Honey baby. This ain’t it. Because I have an Ivy League degree and I’m a sitting state senator. It’s not about what I’m wearing. It’s not about what I’m doing. They won’t respect me regardless.”


On Jan. 5, 2021, Mack — who believes “representation is important” – became the first openly LGBTQ Black person to assume office after being elected to the Rhode Island Senate with 60 percent of the vote.