The Met Gala- a night of shining stars, outrageous gowns, and rampant hypocrisy.
Each year, the extravagant art show puts on a themed exhibition for Hollywood’s elites, complete with a red carpet and paparazzi. This year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Waltzing down the red carpet, Ariana Grande displayed a flowing seraphim themed gown, and Katy Perry wore towering angel wings. While the Constitution protects both religious freedom and freedom of expression, this theme raises some alarms on the hypocritical feelings towards the liberal cause of “appropriation.”
Nothing seems to anger the left more than a white person styling themselves in any other culture outside of their own.
Recently, high school student Keziah Daum was under fire on Twitter for adorning a beautiful traditional Chinese dress to prom, yet when Rihanna decides to dress as a promiscuous Pope on the red carpet, no one cries of “cultural appropriation.” Surely, plunging necklines, lengthy slits, and transparent dresses are not honoring the Catholic religion. Where are the social justice warriors when rich celebrities, who know little about Catholic traditions, are disrespectful to Catholicism?
While many Catholics felt wronged, they did not take to social media to bully. While it is important to avoid a constant offended state of mind, it’s hard to turn a cheek to this obvious double standard.
Although the Vatican had given its “seal of approval” (People Magazine), this fact does not make the theme any less hypocritical. Imagine for one moment the ball was Muslim themed and a non-muslim actress showed up in traditional Arab styled garments, a hijab, or a gay flag cape, like actress Lena Waithe. The actor or actress would be ridiculed, and crucified by the “tolerant” left on social media for “offensive wear.” If anyone dressed as a revealing Muhammad, similar to Rihanna’s Pope themed outfit, the outrage would be unprecedented. This hypocrisy goes to show that, to liberals, equality is not truly equal.
Not only did the hypocrisy lie in the Catholic theme, but the subcategories of Catholicism presented at the event. A particular sub-theme observed among the outlandish gowns was the crusades. Jennifer Lopez posed in a skin-tight black gown with a crusader cross on the chest while Zendaya went full-out in a chain mail dress. The same people who call these dresses “jaw-dropping” and “gorgeous,” also broach the topic of the crusades when claiming Christianity has the same violent history as Islam. Hollywood’s finest musicians and actors promote that which they hate, for the sake of fashion.
Just another day on the left.
Overall, the Met Gala’s lavish styles, and over the top red carpet outfits, continue to amaze and bewilder those who witness the event on television or in person. While some dresses were disrespectful misses, some deserve honorable mentions for remaining pretty and classy.
Blake Lively, Amal Clooney, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s gorgeous gowns were stunning, while remaining appropriate and honoring Catholicism beautifully. Props to these gorgeous ladies, who we may not always agree with, but can respect because of their classy yet magnificent style choices.
The difference between left and right shines brightly this year. While liberals hunt down “cultural appropriators” to bully and harass, conservatives find the beauty in their culture being presented at such a prominent event, as long as it is not blatantly disrespectful.
This is not an article calling for a boycott hashtag or a stream of mean comments on a celebrity’s page. It is to call out the hypocrisy presented by the left, and to bring to light the tolerance of conservatives.