Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received mixed reviews for the “Tax the Rich” dress she wore to Monday’s Met Gala in New York City.
While some have said the progressive politician’s dress is tone-deaf because of the event’s nearly $35,000 tickets, most invited celebrities don’t pay to attend, according to The Evening Standard. The publication says the Met Gala chooses up-and-coming designers to feature their work at the event. Celebrities who wear their fashions get to attend the event for free.
Ocasio-Cortez’s gown was made by Brother Vellies designer Aurora James, Teen Vogue reported.
Otherwise, there’s a waiting list for tickets for the invite-only event. The event is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.
In a tweet, writer Ilana Kaplan called Ocasio-Cortez’s dress “simply iconic.”
Conservative political writer Brent Scher wrote, “It would have been one thing for @AOC to wear the TAX THE RICH dress to #MetGala as a protest of the absurd event. But nope, she’s all in with the stars walking its red carpet.”
Twitter user @Agronveliu97 tweeted, “i’m not american but aoc is an anti-capitalist queen we love to see it #MetGala”.
A conservative writer named David Hookstead, wrote, “A table at the Met Gala costs around $275,000 and an individual ticket costs $30,000. If @AOC hates the rich so much, why is she attending an event that only the wealthiest people in America can afford to attend? I wonder if any journalists will do their job and ask her.”
WABC host Lidia Curanaj wrote, “The epitome of stupidity. #AOC wearing a several thousand dollar dress with ‘tax the rich’ on it at a gala that glorifies the extravagant elite #MetGala”.
Writer Konrad Juengling wrote, “You realize the Met Gala is a fundraiser that helps support the Metropolitan Museum of Art, right? Criticizing AOC for wearing that message (super on brand for her) when she paid to attend a fundraiser makes you look like the arse, not her.”
In a response to Ocasio-Cortez’s critics, journalist David Lytle wrote, “Those two things are not incompatible. Why should she not attend the #MetGala ? Why would her message prevent from accepting an invitation to this event?”
Writer Derek Wallbank commented, “In order: – Irony is obvious & intentional – There’s tons of press at the Met Gala so it’s an easy way to get free clicks on your message, esp. in the non-political press – @AOC knows how to go viral, and has done so on a core message.”
The “Tax the Rich” dress is in line with Ocasio-Cortez’s past proposals to help fund progressive legislation.
Ocasio-Cortez has previously proposed increasing the marginal tax on the nation’s wealthiest Americans in order to pay for the Green New Deal (GND). The GND is a set of proposals that would help improve national infrastructure and fight climate change.
Throughout her political career, Ocasio-Cortez has also criticized wealthy business owners who don’t pay their employees enough for them to afford basic needs like food, shelter, transportation and healthcare.
Newsweek contacted Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.