On September 14, 2021 the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute held its annual fundraiser affectionately known as the Met Gala or Met Ball. The event is considered to be one of the most exclusive events in the United States where individuals must be invited by high profile fashion designers and then approved by a board of directors including Conde Nast CEO herself (and the inspiration behind Meryl Streep’s character in the Devil Wears Prada), Anna Wintour.
Once invited, tickets are rumored to cost anywhere between $30,000 and $35,000 a person and tables cost over a quarter of a million dollars. This year the event was even more exclusive due to COVID-19 protocols.
Despite this exclusivity and lavish expense featuring the most prominent 1% of wealth in America, somehow Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the queen of socialism herself, showed up in a custom made designer gown.
AOC wore a couture Aura James gown which had emblazoned in red “Tax the Rich” across the back. Akin to Marie Antoinette before her, the princess AOC does not seem to realize that promoting a policy which she is actively contradicting with her actions is offensive and belittling to her constituents. Let them eat cake right?
As America barrels toward increasing divide with many cities still under mask mandate and the economy suffering, AOC as a public servant seems to think that she is capable of “getting her message out” at the most elite party of the year just because a lot of cameras would be on her rear end where it was painted.
Setting aside the ethical questions of how AOC was even allowed to attend this event unless she paid for a ticket at the same price as everyone else (which is a question the media should be asking instead of fawning all over her), what are the ethics of showing up maskless to a packed party while also promoting the idea that vaccinated individuals can spread the COVID-19 virus and are somehow at risk of the variants? What are the ethics of rubbing elbows with movie stars and models while repeatedly denouncing the very capitalism which provided them with wealth and fame to begin with?
Right now AOC’s home state is forcing children to cover their faces all day (despite the fact that once dampened even by breath, masks are no longer an effective viral prophylactic) and in her home city, hundreds of thousands of minorities and immigrants who have consciously dissented to comply with government vaccine orders are being denied basic services. But AOC thinks she’s a hero because she wore a dress designed by a minority woman. Black Lives Matter indeed.
This month, hundreds of New Yorkers took to the streets to protest violations of civil rights. Post-COVID lock downs, unemployment remains in the double digits in her home state. Storefront vacancy on Madison Avenue (one of the nation’s most famous shopping centers) is at 39%. And yet, a public elected official who has sworn to serve her people, thought her time was best spent at a fancy celebrity party raising money for designer clothes to be on display at a fancy art museum.
In AOC’s home district of the Bronx, over 10,000 storefronts are empty according to data collected from the state. In the neighborhood where AOC’s district office resides, there are 964 vacant storefronts. Her home district area has the highest unemployment rate in the city at 18% and lost over 40% of their businesses during COVID-19.
AOC is a champagne activist who wants socialism for the little people while her rich fancy friends laugh from their ivory towers just like all the prominent socialists before her.
It’s worth noting that another prominent liberal public servant was also present at the event, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who hasn’t been pretending to care about poor people for a long time, and has attended the Met Gala before also without shame. She also tried to hide behind a political dress as if that makes it all okay. The irony of a female member of Congress calling for equal rights for women.