NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, often known as AOC, attracted the sl media because of the outfit that she wore at the 2021 Met Gala event.
The Met Gala is a charity event formally known as the Costume Institute Benefit. The charity event is for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute of New York City. Many big name celebrities show up to this event often with stunning or rather interesting outfits on.
AOC wore a white dress that said “Tax the Rich” in red on the back of the dress. Cortez is often criticized online, even by her own supporters. AOC is very opinionated and often gets into debates with many people who do not see eye to eye with her. Ryan Saaverda from the Daily Wire reports that tickets to the Met Gala are around the $30,000 range, while getting a table at the event is around $275,000.
Many people are finding it ironic that she is wearing an outfit that basically applies to everyone at the event. Considering that AOC is a politician in New York, it is fair to say that she makes a fair amount of money and would fall under the “rich” class of living. Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports tweeted “‘Tax the Rich’ … But first I’m gonna go have the time of my life partying with them all at the most extravagant over the top party of the year that is essentially a celebration of richness,”. Jerry Dunleavy wrote”AOC wanted to hang out with a bunch of rich celebs at a cool party without losing her socialist street cred so she tossed ‘Tax the Rich’ on the back of her dress & called it a day,”.
Megan Hills from CNN reported that many called her stunt bold and subversive, while many called the stunt hypocritical. AOC’s outfit was not the only outfit that caused controversy. Many outfits were talked about throughout the event. Some outfits were bold and some outfits were odd, but the outfits that steal the show are the outfits that send a message. US Women’s Soccer player wore a red, white, and blue suit that said “IN GAY WE TRUST”. Rapinoe is very open about her political ideas as well.
The criticism that AOC seems to take most is that she’s pushing a political agenda, but she’s also partying with celebrities who are all rich. Taxing the rich means raising taxes for people who make a certain amount of money. If you make a certain amount of money, you are taxed a higher percentage of your yearly income, than people in the upper and lower classes. According to Anni Karni of the New York Times, AOC has been putting off signing a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. While AOC’s outfit at the Met Gala is informative and could be something that people should look into, it doesn’t fit in well with some of the other things she does in office.