AOC Wore A ‘Tax The Rich’ Gown To The Met Gala And Instantly Became A Meme
"AOC at the Met Gala like 'STOP BEING RICH'."
Sauntering into the Met Gala, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was there to make a statement. Her white gown by Aurora James dress (who was also there as her date) was slathered with red text that spelt out ‘TAX THE RICH’.
James told Ilana Glazer — who was working the red carpet for Vogue: “If you’re going to come somewhere like the Met Gala, and you’re the congresswoman, we would expect nothing less.”
“We really started having a conversation about what it means to be working class women of colour at The Met, and we said, ‘We can’t just play along, but we need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions’,” AOC added.
Critics have been quick to point out a few minor hypocrisies in her fashion statement — like the fact that a ticket costs $30,000, and the dress would have also been wildly expensive. And by being at the Met Gala, she is in the same cultural class as the rich, (though she earns the standard congressional annual salary of US$174,000).
Still, no doubt AOC got people talking, which was the aim — and she no doubt would have had some awkward conversations with the wealthier guests of Anna Wintour.
Anyway, the memes:
AOC at the Met Gala like pic.twitter.com/MQ0nN35Eas
— litquidity (@litcapital) September 14, 2021
— VALERIJA (@VRavinska) September 13, 2021
— Emily (@emilybernay) September 14, 2021
aoc with all the rich people at the met gala in her dress that says tax the rich: pic.twitter.com/n8Gwh6xWT2
— WILL (@willlhoward) September 14, 2021
— fiona apple neck tattoo (@ChillStableGuy) September 14, 2021
Honestly I was more concerned with the costume change look… pic.twitter.com/t2Lzpt4Ni9
— Matilda Boseley (@MatildaBoseley) September 14, 2021
And one for the AusPol enthusiasts:
i know this is meant to provoke a reaction
but AOC what are you doing??? pic.twitter.com/f7zMjrBd7F
— cameronwilson (@cameronwilson) September 14, 2021
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