Leading ladies of politics and culture flashed more than just skin at New York City’s exclusive Met Gala fashion fundraiser on Monday night — they also broadcast progressive political statements on their designer gowns.
The red carpet photos gave Americans a telling snapshot of their liberal elite, for better or worse.
- Journalists and activists on Twitter cheered New York Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney and, especially, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for showing up in equality-themed ensembles.
Class war: But conservatives commentators cringed at what they saw as the absurdity of liberals posing as avatars of the marginalized while enjoying the trappings of wealth and power.
Many noted that the congresswomen, like other Democrats before them, set aside their COVID-19 concerns for the event — which didn’t appear to be an option for the event staff.
Girl power: Unaware of or undaunted by the critics, the gala attendees’ accentuated their sartorial critiques of the patriarchy with ornate expressions of female empowerment.
And it wasn’t just biological women.
After the gala, Ocasio-Cortez addressed her “haters” on Twitter, framing her attendance of the event as a public service and a victory for black immigrant women.
- She also repeatedly tweeted her new catchphrase, “Tax the Rich,” while touting the massive tax and spending bill Democrats are trying to push through Congress.
Even critics admitted it was her night.