Oh, the irony.
In a room full of rich people, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t just make a fashion statement. She made a political statement.
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Ocasio-Cortez showed up to the Met Gala on Monday night in a (borrowed!) white gown with “Tax the Rich’ emblazoned in big, red block letters on the back. The message was also splashed across her red bag.
While some loved AOC’s look and message, many criticized her for attending the over-the-top event, where tables reportedly range from $200,000 to $300,000.
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Donald Trump Jr. called Ocasio-Cortez a “fraud,” then called her out for not wearing a mask “after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country.”
Actor Michael Rappaport mocked her dress, captioning pics of AOC in a fitting session with, “Tax the Rich dress while at the most elitist event on the planet,” and “TAX THE RICH even though I live hanging around the rich and can’t wait to be rich.”
Daily Caller writer Greg Price added, “AOC grew up in a wealthy suburb, went to one of the most expensive colleges in America, makes a six figure salary, drives a Tesla, lives above a whole foods, and is currently at an event that costs more to attend than America’s average personal income.”
Andray Domise, a writer and partner in black news network Rezistans Nwa, pointed out that the gala was taking place mere feet from where cops were arresting ‘defund the police’ protesters – a cause Ocasio-Cortez has previously supported.
“Police were creasing people’s heads outside while you and your friends were nibbling watermelon tarts with smoked yuzu soy on panipuri crackers,” he wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.
AOC certainly made the most of her first Met Gala, taking to Instagram to explain that she and Canadian designer Aurora James are working together to “kick open the doors at the Met. The time is now for childcare, health care, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.”
She made sure to add that “NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance.”
The 31-year-old socialist attended the over-the-top event with her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, after primping at The Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side.
AOC walked alongside James, the founder of Brother Vellies who also started the 15 Percent Pledge, a non-profit that aims to bring Black-owned businesses to major retailers.
The politician and activist claimed she attended for free, telling Vogue, “The Met Gala is seen as elite and inaccessible. As a working-class woman, (I) wanted to enjoy the event but also break the fourth wall and challenge the industry.”