Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Attends Met Gala In ‘Tax The Rich’ Dress
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned heads Monday night when she wore a dress that said “tax the rich” to the Met Gala, an event attended by New York’s elite.
The congresswoman said she wore the dress to the event to help promote her progressive message, something she has been vocal about since being elected.
“The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich,” she posted on her Instagram.
Ocasio-Cortez thanked Aurora James, the designer of the dress and founder of Brother Vellies, for helping her “kick open the doors at the Met.”
“We can never get too comfortable in our seats at the table once they’ve been given,” James told Vogue. “We must always continue to push ourselves, push our colleagues, push the culture, and push the country forward. Fashion is changing; America is changing.”
Reactions to the dress were mixed, with some calling the look “iconic” and defending the congresswoman.
— ilana kaplan (@lanikaps) September 13, 2021
It’s truly maddening to watch people on the left and right attack AOC for being at the Met Gala. She is doing what she can to help change a very broken world and system. Let her enjoy her life.
The purity nonsense from people who oftentimes are doing nothing is insufferable.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) September 14, 2021
Others were calling her out on the “hypocrisy” of attending an event for the rich and famous in the first place, especially when Black Lives Matter protesters were being arrested outside of the event.
The unfortunate truth is we're not going to tax the rich or win Medicare for All or 15 by attending billionaire galas.
We won Seattle's historic $15/hour & Amazon Tax not by me attending Amazon or Chamber of Commerce events, but by me using my office to build fighting movements.
— Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama) September 14, 2021
AOC started by protesting, moved on to ignoring most protests and is now being photographed at the Met Gala while people are being brutally arrested protesting outside.
— Black in the Empire (@blackintheempir) September 14, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez posted a response to her critics on her Instagram story Tuesday.
“Ultimately the haters hated and the people who are thoughtful were thoughtful,” she wrote. “But we all had a conversation about Taxing the Rich in front of the very people who lobby against it, and punctured the fourth wall of excess and spectacle.”