New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended Monday night’s Met Gala in a long white dress with the words “Tax the Rich” stitched in red letters on the back, sparking criticism from Republicans and others who view the move as hypocritical and tone deaf.
Monday night’s Met Gala, one of the most extravagant red carpet events of the year, drew high-fashion celebrities from around the world, but it was Ocasio-Cortez’s “Tax the Rich” dress that attracted the attention of many.
As she prepared for the event, she posted on Instagram in the dress with the caption, “The medium is the message.”
“Proud to work with @aurorajames as a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream @brothervellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the @cfda against all odds – and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met,” the caption continued. “The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.”
In the post, she also seemed to anticipate the criticism she would later receive, writing: “And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public. I was one of several in attendance in this evening.”
Reactions to her dress: Talk show host Megyn Kelly ripped into Ocasio-Cortez as a “pathetic self-aggrandizing hypocrite.”
“Meanwhile our kids are muzzled & six feet apart all day long while trying to learn but she & these other ‘Rules for Thee but Not for Me’ pols can parade around maskless & in top of each other at the Met Gala bc, SCIENCE,” her Twitter post continued.
“She truly believes she is the high priestess serving at the altar of communism, and it shows. Notice that although promising that all in attendance would be masked and vaxxed, that requirement only applies to the help. Very elite of you, @RepAOC,” posted the Oklahoma Republican Party.
Donald Trump, Jr. chimed in: “What makes @AOC a bigger fraud: The ‘tax the rich’ dress while she’s hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites or the lack of masks after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country?”
Worth noting: Proceeds from the event go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and tickets reportedly cost upwards of $35,000.
It is unclear whether Ocasio-Cortez paid for the event, but according to The Evening Standard, celebrities dressed by fashion designers, like Ocasio-Cortez, often attend for free.
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