JJ: AOC caught quite a lot of backlash — it was a little hot for her last night. But there are a couple of things here with that. First of all, a lot of people are not aware that usually it's the designer, the brand, or the company who's fronting that $35K-bill to go to the Met Gala. Second of all, people forget it's a charity, right? So it's not like you're giving it to Anna Wintour herself — it's going to like a cause and that is a tax write off. And I think that she wanted to make a statement. She worked with Brother Veliz and Aurora James, who's the person also behind the 15 Percent Pledge. And so in many ways, you can make the argument that her look was great. She worked with a with a Black designer, a Black female designer who is a unicorn at this point in the fashion industry.
But at the same time, I'm very much a show-don't-tell kind of person. You know, there are ways that you can make that statement without necessarily wearing it on a dress. At the same time, we've seen it over years and years, people wearing their political agendas and their attire. And at the end of the day, fashion is political.
It literally says "tax the rich." And I was like, "Girl, I'm here for it." At the same time, I also feel people who were like, "Girl, but you're sitting there with the rich." I was like, "Yeah, her $175K salary is not touching Jeff Bezos, you know? I think there are ranges and stuff here and that's a little different.
I personally really loved Dan Levy's look, because when you get into the history and the details of the look, you're learning more about like just queer representation. You're thinking about like the lives that have been lost simply due to sexual identity and trying to hold space in this world. I think that it's really interesting that Dan stepped out of their normal comfort zone. You know, we're used to seeing them more silhouetted, like Tom Brown fashion looks and now we got to play with color. We played with puffs. I remember a few years ago actually writing about camp for BuzzFeed and talking about the Met Gala. It really was one of those opportunities that I wanted to say that fashion has been fun and but it also has been a political way for people to share and hold space in this world. And so it was really exciting to see them represent that in their outfit and kind of make that statement in a way that it wasn't understated, it wasn't overstated. But it actually sent a message, I think, in a more effective way than AOC's.