Self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez donated $ 450 gold earrings as well as a dress with the inscription “Tax the Rich” at the Met Gala.
The 14 carat hoops, along with other pieces she wore, were promotional gifts from the Mejuri jewelry brand.
A press release from the brand read: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore several pieces from leading jewelry brand Mejuri at the 2021 Met Gala: In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion. Alexandria wears the Large tube hoops and Dome ring.“
The bling accompanied her signature dress, a white dress with “Tax the Rich” written on the back, designed by New York-based Aurora James.
Meanwhile, tickets for the event, which cost $ 35,000, or about median U.S. income in 2019 for $ 35,977, was given to her and her boyfriend for free.
In the caption of her Instagram photo of the dress, the MP excused her participation as “elected” in the garish consumption of the event.
“And yes, BEFORE anyone starts going wild – New York elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met because of our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of them. many present. “
She also praised her dress designer for “opening” the doors to the Met with her.
“Proud to work with @aurorajames as a sustainability-focused black immigrant designer who went from her dream to @brothervellies in a flea market in Brooklyn to win the @cfda against all odds – and then work together to open the doors to the Met. “
The caption continued, “The time is now for child care, healthcare and climate action for all. Tax the rich.
“The medium is the message,” added the caption, a reference to the essay by theorist Marshall McLuhan, who wrote that the form in which a message is communicated may be more important than the message itself.
But many in the comments criticized the “medium” of her “message”, namely, being around the same people she had previously criticized for recent rapid increases in income inequality.
One of them wrote: “You wore it to an event with a lot of rich people? When does the message really become the act?
“Performative activism with a Dr. Seuss font,” wrote another of the dress’s lettering.
“This ticket is an annual income for the working class people. Eat the rich anyway,” said another of the exorbitant cost of the event.
AOC has already expressed its approval to tax the “ultra rich”.
In a tweet last year, she said the level of wealth is “just not good for society.”
“When we say ‘tax the rich’ we mean the rich in nesting doll yachts. Rich in for-profit prison. Betsy DeVos, rich in student-shark loans. -Food-stamps rich,” she wrote. .
“Because THAT kind of rich just isn’t good for society, and it’s like 10 people.”
This comes when she is expected to support a new tax proposal House Democrats who would fund their $ 3.5 trillion budget reconciliation program for health care, child care and education.
In order to pay for the increased spending, lawmakers are proposing to increase the capital gains rate from 20% to 25%, which would hit individuals earning over $ 400,000 a year and couples over $ 450,000.
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