AOC's big smile is made all the more apparent by the masks that hide the faces of the staff attending to her. Her boyfriend smiles, uncovered, as well. An attendant is seen getting under AOC's dress and making improvements. Masked stylists and make-up artists flutter around her and prep her for the star-studded bash.
After she's been made-up and well-coiffed, she leaves the room, stating: "Bye, everyone!" As she goes, the progressive congresswoman is greeted by cherishing folks and photographers. Yells and cheers erupt as she steps inside an awaiting car to bring her to the Met.
Her boyfriend narrates the ride in the van, as attendants and staff stay masked while the two smile at each other, bare-faced. "We're in the van on the way there," he states, announcing that the designer is there too and that they'd be on the "red carpet in about ten minutes." He tells people on the phone that her dress says "Tax the Rich."
More screaming and cheers explode as she goes out of the van and makes her way to the red carpet. The accompanying music has a distinct Latin feel.
Reaction against the fluffy video was swift, with journalist Glenn Greenwald noting that as AOC and her sweetheart revel in the message of her dress, and the preparation that goes into making a stunning red carpet appearance, they seem like royalty flanked by masked servants. AOC touts COVID-inspired limitations, yet for her own sake, decides not to mask, even indoors, while others cover their faces.
Another person posting the video had likewise harsh words, stating that AOC had "masked slaves" who treated her like she was "Cinderella" on the way to the ball.
AOC has faced consistent criticism since wearing the dress to a $30,000-per-ticket event. She is facing ethics complaints about accepting the lavish gift of tickets to the Met Gala. And many have stated that her presence there was hypocrisy itself.
AOC has issued a defense of her dress, saying that:
"You know, I'm hearing some folks, especially the right-wing having this critique about Monday saying, 'Isn't it ironic that she showed up in a "Tax the Rich" dress' and I think we need to go back to literary class a little bit. This conversation comes up.
"Now, the definition of irony is the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think, especially in order to be funny. That's not the opposite of what— we need to tax the rich.