Tickets for the famed event can fetch no less than $30,000 and it attracts some of the most influential players in fashion, movies and culture. Rapaport appeared to take particular offense at a politician—who he announced has to be a "public servant"—hobnobbing with the glitterati.
"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 return an email asking for comment. Her followers 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."
AOC posed maskless as she arrived, though 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.
She has repeatedly called for raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for progressive policy initiatives, like climate-friendly infrastructure and increased access to free health care.
AOC fired back, she told Vogue that she and James came up with the outfit after “having a conversation about what it means to be a working-class woman of color at the Met”.
She continued: “We said we can’t just play along, but we need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions.”
Many people are praising the congresswoman for using the chance to send a message while encompassed by some of the richest and most influential people.
Though, Donald Trump Jr has insisted she is a “fraud” for wearing the dress while “she’s hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites' '.
“The medium is the message,” she explained alongside a photo of the dress.