Acting like the belle of the ball, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was all the rage Monday night when the self-avowed democratic socialist showed up on the red carpet at the star-studded Met Gala in New York City.
The lawmaker’s appearance and attire were a walking contradiction, as she rocked a dress rumored to cost $10,000 at an event where tickets started at $30,000, according to the Associated Press. The dress was emblazoned with the message, “Tax the Rich.”
Never mind that the politician who claims to be fighting for the working class was right at home mixing and mingling with the most affluent people in the city.
(It’s not clear if AOC paid for her own ticket or how she was able to attend the swanky event, and you can be sure her media allies won’t bother with such trivial details.)
A ticket to the Met Gala is $30,000. Minimum. https://t.co/fTdjReGaow
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 14, 2021
Adding to the rank hypocrisy of the whole sordid affair, the sanctimonious former bartender who lectures others about their behavior amid a pandemic strutted around showing off her backside without bothering to wear a mask.
Ocasio-Cortez was far from alone, though, as much of the elite class on hand Monday night didn’t bother with masks.
Notion that you don’t need to be masked at the #MetGala because everyone is vaccinated flies in the face of every public health proclamation of past 2 months.
This “let them eat cake” cartoon would be funny if not compounded by “tax the rich” subtitle.
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) September 14, 2021
But then, as journalist Glenn Greenwald noted, “COVID wasn’t invited to the [Met Gala] and these are the sophisticated people who aren’t in danger.”
Lots of people commenting snidely on the lack of masks and social distancing in this opulent indoor event in the middle of a pandemic but — as was true of Obama’s indoor bash — COVID wasn’t invited to the #MetGala and these are the sophisticated people who aren’t in danger. https://t.co/oWOydEJeqf
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 14, 2021
And if that wasn’t enough to make you ill — no pun intended — Ocasio-Cortez had the sheer audacity to STILL play the poor, oppressed victim.
“When Aurora [James] and I were first kind of partnered, we really started having a conversation about what it means to be a working-class women of color at the Met,” AOC said. “And we said, ‘We can’t just play along, but we need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions, and while the Met is known for its spectacle, we should have a conversation about it.'”
WATCH @AOC speaks about her dress tonight: pic.twitter.com/qIGecrBevv
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) September 14, 2021
“Fashion is changing, America is changing. And as far as this theme goes, I think Alexandria and I are a great embodiment of the language fashion needs to consider adding to the general lexicon as we work towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and empowered future,” Aurora James, founder of the dress designer Brother Vellies, said, according to Vogue.
The timing of the event could not have been better, as Democrats rolled out what’s being characterized as “the highest tax increases in American history,” a massive tax hike designed to help pay for President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.
Ocasio-Cortez is a prominent supporter of the unprecedented spending bill that steers billions of dollars to “climate-friendly infrastructure,” calling for taxing the wealthy to pay for it all.
Turns out, Ocasio-Cortez was not the only liberal snob to show up at the Met Gala with a message.
Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Versha Sharma was toting a custom clutch purse that was emblazoned with the message, “Protect Roe. Kill the filibuster.”
A perfect nightcap for the spectacle was the get up from tennis player Naomi Osaka, who was bounced out of the third round of the Tokyo Olympics and endured an upset loss in the U.S. Open, before tearfully telling reporters she may take an indefinite break from tennis.
Lol the tennis player with too much anxiety to talk to the media is dressed in this tonight pic.twitter.com/5xtr9IbVzQ
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 14, 2021
“I feel like for me, recently, like when I win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad,” Osaka said following the U.S. Open loss. “I don’t think that’s normal.”
And that get-up above is???
Back to Ocasio-Cortez, while it may be debatable whether she was the belle of the ball, there was no debating that she lit social media up.
Even The Babylon Bee got in on spoofing AOC:
Woman Attending Ultra-Exclusive Gala For The Elite In Expensive Designer Dress Lectures Nation On Inequalityhttps://t.co/giec0xzOHt
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) September 14, 2021
Here’s a few other responses from Twitter, beginning with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas:
Cost per Ticket: $30,000.
Virtue signaling to your base while partying—without a mask—with the people you claim to hate: Priceless. https://t.co/51bVQqZNn1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 14, 2021
I thought @aoc was wearing a Chick-FIL-A dress… #MetGala2021 pic.twitter.com/bK20Zl7hAV
— CRUZ FOR THE PEOPLE (CA-36) (@RealErinCruz) September 14, 2021
They lock you up, mask your children, and then party and laugh at you.pic.twitter.com/XvR5OPtu3f
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) September 14, 2021
Only in America where a self-described Democratic socialist can wear a $10k “tax the rich” dress, pay $30K for a ticket, and be praised as a champion for the poor. Champagne socialists like AOC are far removed from reality. https://t.co/LOSETj8EHB
— Jeanette M. Nunez (@JeanetteNunezFL) September 14, 2021
“Tax the rich” says AOC’s dress … at the Met Gala … where tickets cost $30,000.
But AOC doesn’t mean them; she means you. You’re rich. Because you work. Tax you. That’s the reality. The Met Gala guys get tax breaks. You don’t. pic.twitter.com/awGxEdT2xB
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) September 13, 2021
To AOC stans — no, she’s not middle or working class. She makes six figures, drives a Tesla, lives above a Whole Foods, and has mainstreamed Hamas talking points while talking about socialism. https://t.co/PlhfxMjG49
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 14, 2021
You can’t make this stuff up – @aoc attends the Met Gala (how much does a ticket go for?) wearing a dress that has got to cost a fortune…but it has a cool woke message “tax the rich”….maybe instead tax the dress? It actually might yield more pic.twitter.com/BQOp13mv4o
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 14, 2021
Instead of using her platform to draw attention to evictions, homelessness & the current economic & health crisis, AOC wears a “Tax the rich” $12K dress to the #MetGala that costs $30K to attend, showing just how much she cares about the working class.
What a disgusting fraud. https://t.co/0kbiEr5twI
— Fiorella Isabel (@Fiorella_im) September 14, 2021
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