All The Best Memes About This Year’s Extremely Baffling Met Gala
"Technically Grimes bringing a weapon to a completely unnecessary occasion is the most American thing ever."
This year’s Met Gala theme was ‘In America: A Lexicon in Fashion’ and if you don’t understand it, don’t worry — it seems that most of the attendees didn’t quite get it either.
The theme for the charity event, that’s held annually to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, was basically a tribute to American fashion and an opportunity for attendees to spotlight American designers. However, many attendees wore European fashion houses and gowns that didn’t nod to America in any way.
But even with the theme being all over the place, there were some truly stand-out looks.
There was Billie Eilish wearing a blush princess gown on the red carpet in exchange for Oscar de la Renta stopping fur sales. Gemma Chan paid homage to Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American actress, while NikkiTutorials paid tribute to trans advocate Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson with her floral number. Then, of course, Lil Nas X served not one, not two, but three iconic looks on the carpet.
But as with anything good, there’s also the baffling and bad — and I’m not just talking about Nicki Minaj’s weird anti-vax story about her “cousin’s friend’s” massive balls that almost derailed the whole gala.
I’m talking about moments like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baffling all-black shadow ensembles. The whole “Kim Petras is dressed as a literal horse” thing. Hell, even Grimes deciding to brandish a massive sword on the red carpet for reasons that still aren’t clear.
Oh, and there was also the collective panic that happened around the world when we all thought Queen of the Met™️ Rihanna potentially might not be attending. Spoiler alert: Thankfully she did arrive… just fashionably late.
So are all the best memes about the 2021 Met Gala in all its bonkers glory:
— andre (@beIovafilm) September 13, 2021
— kristen🍍 (@kristen_siebs) September 14, 2021
She’s at the ket gala https://t.co/s76WFJdRkl
— Rose Dommu (@rosedommu) September 13, 2021
validating that literally nobody understands what the concept of America is
— rachel handler (@rachel_handler) September 14, 2021
he tossed off that comforter only to still give ✨nothing✨ i’m yelling https://t.co/a7ZmCABCPa
— think 8-piece tw¡tter (@DebzRollcall) September 14, 2021
AOC at the Met Gala like pic.twitter.com/MQ0nN35Eas
— litquidity (@litcapital) September 14, 2021
— keke (@stillgotnine) September 13, 2021
— RJ (@Dumbledore_BB) September 14, 2021
omg is met attendance how we know which celebrities are vaccinated
— Lauren Chanel (@MichelleHux) September 13, 2021
— sun ♡ zendayas wife (REAL) (@N1CODIANG3LO) September 13, 2021
— Diego (@DiegoRMTW3) September 14, 2021
— mv (@mlodrm) September 14, 2021
— JENNAY (@PandaWalksAlot) September 14, 2021
— karm¡n (@zaynsfuckbot) September 13, 2021
OMG AOC AT MET GALA!!! pic.twitter.com/aWM8TgqbV6
— Left Flank Veterans (@LeftFlankVets) September 14, 2021
— ミ☆ (@ellona_96) September 13, 2021
technically grimes bringing a weapon to a completely unnecessary occasion is the most american thing ever and therefore she is extremely on theme https://t.co/fwN6wpzZf6
— sabrina 🧛🏻♀️🖤 (@_sabrinalana_) September 13, 2021
Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend tripping over his swollen balls at the Met Gala pic.twitter.com/uR7gH4nv6i
— Keith (@ShrillockHolmes) September 13, 2021
that’s weird ……………… pic.twitter.com/gwUgJBpV97
— fka fazendo baby hair na perna peluda do rob patt (@badgalvtr) September 14, 2021
— 👑 BÆ (@IAmBen_E) September 13, 2021
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) September 13, 2021
— momo (@titancrisings) September 14, 2021
Until next year, y’all.
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