The "tax the rich" dress worn by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez at the Met Gala caused a stir and controversy in the media around the world. At home, criticism from the US right, led by the son of former President Donald Trump Don Jr.,
according to which the Democratic parliamentarian is nothing more than a fraud for "having sent that message while having fun with a group of rich left elite ". More surprising, however, the arrows arrived from the left.
A chorus of progressives and self-defined disappointed socialists welcomed the images of the liberal "pasionaria" on the red carpet of the event considered the equivalent of the Oscars for the fashion industry. He turned the message into a caricature, he told himself. "People expected more from her", commented Briahna Gray, former spokesperson for Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign: "Seeing her side by side with rich people and celebrities has bothered many on the left".
AOC, as she is dubbed, was invited to the Met gala for the first time in 2019 after her surprise victory over outgoing Dem Congressman Joe Crowley. She has roots in Queens and the Bronx as she herself claims. On September 13 she was sitting at the table of the director of Vogue Anna Wintour,for years the organizer of the evening.
Admission to the gala, strictly by invitation, is not cheap: 35 thousand dollars or from 200 to 300 thousand dollars per table for paying guests.
However, many local politicians are invited as "museum guests".
These include Mayor Bill de Blasio who showed up for the first time and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who represents the district of Manhattan where many fashion companies are based.
Not everyone shot zero on AOC.
In defense of the deputy the candidate for mayor Maya Wiley took sides: "Everything turns into a competition to see who is purer, but politics is not purity. Self-identification as a democratic socialist does not mean hating or avoiding rich who participate ".
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Ocasio Cortez also had her say: "My body and I have always been tirelessly attacked from every corner of politics since I won the elections," she wrote on Instagram: "You don't notice we allowed a conversation about taxing. the rich in front of the same people who row against, breaking the 'fourth wall' (term taken from the jargon of the theater, when the actor stops acting and addresses the audience directly) of excess and spectacle ".
Meanwhile, merchandising is already available on the AOC website: a "Tax the Riches" t-shirt is on sale for $ 27 and a sweatshirt for $ 58. All funds to be allocated to the parliamentarian's campaign.