Michael Rapaport, the actor, offered sharp criticism for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for wearing a sleek white dress with “Tax The Rich” splashed in red on the back as she arrived at the uber-swanky Met Gala Monday night.
Tickets for the famed event can fetch at least $30,000 and it attracts some of the most influential players in fashion, movies and culture. Rapaport seemed to take particular offense at a politician—who he said should be a “public servant”—hobnobbing with the glitterati.
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“Custom TAX THE RICH dress while at the most elitist event in the world,” he posted on Instagram. “@AOC will soon be rich with a ginormous production deal from somewhere & done with Politics, guarantee it. Stop treating ANY of these people like celebrities they are public servants and work for us,” he posted theorizing on her future plans.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News. Her supporters took to Twitter to praise her for making the bold statement on such a high-profile platform. The New York Democrat posted on Twitter: “The medium is the message.”
“Proud to work with @aurorajames as a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream @brothervellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the @cfda against all odds- and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met. The Time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.”
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AOC posed maskless as she arrived, but attendees had to be vaccinated and were expected to wear masks once inside.
A self-described Democratic socialist, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most prominent progressive voices in support of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.
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She has repeatedly called for increased taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for progressive policy initiatives, such as climate-friendly infrastructure and expanded access to free healthcare.
Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report