Met Gala 2021: AOC wears ‘tax the rich’ ballgown to party filled with multi-millionaires
But several people online took issue with the look, noting the juxtaposition of criticising wealth inequity whilst attending one of the most extravagant, elitist and expensive events in the world.
Does… does she know where she is and who’s there? https://t.co/05eiPfWEXn— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) September 14, 2021
“‘Tax the rich’ she says on her 100k dress put together by a team and got in with her 30k ticket,” one user said. “The irony of wearing such a statement and then attending an event that is the epitome of wealth and extravagance really screams in my ear,” another added.
Guess she forgot she would be attending a 0,1% gala in a designer dress. The irony.— J 🥨 (@jotajotabgd) September 13, 2021
While it’s seemingly an ironic decision considering the net-worth of most of the Met Gala’s guest list, AOC likely didn’t pay for her attire or $30,000 ticket, which critics have implied. When it comes to the annual event, it’s customary for celebrities, and apparently New York representatives, to be invited or sponsored by brands. Thus, she may have attended for free, and chosen to use the likely press coverage to spread her message of taxing the wealthy.
The irony of wearing such a statement and then attending an event that is the epitome of wealth and extravagance really screams in my ear— مالي (@issanubian) September 13, 2021
What’s more, the Met Gala is technically for charity, though some Twitter users don’t buy that at this point, writing: “If you want to disrupt, you don’t participate. Being radical isn’t about wearing a quirky gown with ironic font, it’s about deliberately avoiding the unnecessary, displace of wealth and wealth culture. And charity? The ‘it’s giving to charity’ discourse is so tired.”
If you want to disrupt, you don’t participate. Being radical isn’t about wearing a quirky gown with ironic font, it’s about deliberately avoiding the unnecessary, displace of wealth and wealth culture. And charity? The “it’s giving to charity” discourse is so tired.— مالي (@issanubian) September 13, 2021
And, as expected, conservatives used the opportunity to pile onto the representative.
The irony of this twatwaffle donning this gown to wear to one of the most elite gatherings of the year is just delicious. These people lack ANY self-awareness... https://t.co/wgwkpfBcQ3— CarolinaConservative2 (@real1776CC) September 14, 2021
The ultimate limousine socialist…— Stanphyl Capital (@StanphylCap) September 14, 2021
Like when Ortega came to New York years ago and spent $50k on designer eyeglass frames, lol. https://t.co/y9zv6b8bRo
AOC clearly had good intentions wearing this dress, and certainly got us talking. Perhaps that was the point?
"Wow she disrupted the rich people's party to make a statement about taxing the rich?"— 💥Hands Off Cuba|End the embargo🏴 (@NewesSewen) September 14, 2021
"No she attended the party and ate caviar with the rich people while wearing a dress."