Politics Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back at Critics, Defends Met Gala 'Tax The Rich' Dress
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Sen. Joe Manchin for 'weird, patronizing behavior' after he referred to her as a 'young lady'
"I don't know the young lady that well," Manchin said of Ocasio-Cortez. "We have not had any conversations.""In Washington, I usually know my questions of power are getting somewhere when the powerful stop referring to me as 'Congresswoman' and start referring to me as 'young lady,'" the New York Democrat tweeted Sunday evening, hours after Manchin's interview aired.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her appearance at, hitting back at critics of her head-turning dress emblazoned with the words "tax the rich."
The Democratic New York Representative stood by her outfit choice at the exclusive event, telling her detractors "the medium is the message" in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
"Proud to work with Aurora James as a sustainability focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream Brother Vellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the cfda [the Council of Fashion Designers of America] against all odds - and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met," Ocasio-Cortez wrote alongside a photo of herself and the designer, seemingly taken just before the gala on Monday night.
AOC used her first Met Gala appearance to send a message: 'Tax the Rich'
The progressive Democrat wore a white dress that had the message "Tax the Rich" emblazoned in red on the back. -ilana kaplan (@lanikaps) September 13, 2021According to Vogue, the dress was created by Brother Vellies. Ocasio-Cortez recently criticized Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin for urging Democrats to slow down the passage of a $3.5 trillion social spending bill, which she supports. This year's Met Gala comes after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of last year's event. The theme this year is "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.
"And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city's cultural institutions for the public," the progressive politician added.
The medium is the message. pic.twitter.com/b4Ssr6HkYR— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 14, 2021
The invitation-only event is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City.
Ocasio-Cortez also used the opportunity to remind her supporters that "the time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all" and reiterated her original message: "Tax the rich."
AOC wears 'Tax The Rich' dress at $30K-per-ticket Met Gala
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., ensured her political message was in the spotlight Monday during an appearance at the Met Gala in New York.The wardrobe choice drew a mixed response on social media, with some praising Ocasio-Cortez's message and others questioning whether it conflicted with the star-studded nature of the event.
The political statement reflects the congresswoman's previous proposals to increase the marginal tax on the nation's wealthiest Americans as a way to pay for the Green New Deal: a set of proposals that would help improve national infrastructure and fight climate change.
However, many jumped on social media to highlight Ocasio-Cortez'sagainst the wealthy while simultaneously attending such an exclusive and expensive event.
The Met Gala reportedly charges nearly $35,000 per ticket, however most celebrities invited to attend don't pay if they wear the work of an up-and-coming designer featured at the event, according to the Evening Standard.
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.
See Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian and More Celeb Couples at the 2021 Met Gala
It's the ultimate date night for A-listers! Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, plus Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck and more fashionable couples sizzled at the 2021 Met Gala on Sept. 13.Hailey Baldwin strutted alongside husband Justin Bieber in complementary 'fits while holding hands, as Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian matched in jaw-dropping ensembles. Serena exclusively told E! News that her outfit was "more superhero-inspired so like a bodysuit kind of thing, keep it in that vain of superheroes.— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 14, 2021
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. https://t.co/lgMHCiJdKX— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) September 14, 2021
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 pic.twitter.com/f2ATuFatWo— Lidia Curanaj (@LidiaNews) September 14, 2021
Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President, was , calling the politician a "fraud" and an "authoritarian mask Karen."
"What makes @AOC a bigger fraud," Trump Jr. tweeted. "The 'tax the rich' dress while she's hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites or the lack of masks after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country?"
The topic of increasing taxes for America's most wealthy in order to reduce income and wealth inequality has dominated recent political conversations.
Activism Is Now In Fashion
The Met Gala shows that, in celebrity culture, soul-shaming has replaced body-shaming.Until recently, that statement was simple: I am thinner and hotter than you. Then came the rise of the “stunt garment”—Rihanna’s omelette dress, Billy Porter’s sun-god palanquin—as celebrities realized that merely looking hot in a nice outfit had very little currency at an event where everyone looks hot and is wearing a nice outfit. This is an arms race with literal arms: The musician Grimes turned up yesterday carrying a sword made from a melted-down AR-15. (Perhaps she thought the dessert would be a really big cake.
Ocasio-Cortez has frequently criticized wealthy business owners who shirk on their responsibilities to adequately pay their employees.
A recent report revealed that the nation's eliteduring the coronavirus pandemic.
The collective fortune of U.S billionaires surged by nearly two-thirds (62 percent) from just short of $3 trillion at the start of the COVID crisis on March 18, 2020, to $4.8 trillion on August 17, 2021, according to a report from Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), a political advocacy group, and the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality (IPS), a progressive Washington-based think tank.
A report from ProPublica released in June estimated that the 25 top billionaires paid on average just 3.4 percent of their expanded wealth in federal income taxes, and that several, includingand , went multiple years paying no federal income tax at all.
Newsweek has contacted Ocasio-Cortez's office for comment.
Conservative group files ethics complaint over Ocasio-Cortez appearance at Met Gala .
A conservative group filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after she attended New York's Met Gala on Monday.The American Accountability Foundation argued in its complaint that she had accepted a lavish gift of admission to the event "without having a permissible exemption." The conservative watchdog claimed that if she purchased a ticket to the event using campaign funds, she also broke Federal Election Commission rules. Ocasio-Cortez's office said in a statement to NBC News, "We are confident we complied with all ethics rules.