These Met Gala Celebrities Had Something To Say

September 14, 2021 / Posted by:

The main reason fashion fans follow the Met Gala is to see walking eyebrows like Dan Levy and Cara Delevigne get political! Dan, Cara, Saweetie, athlete Megan Rapinoe, and politicians Carolyn Maloney and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez all chose to serve their fashion statements with actual statements. Their messages included “Equal Rights for Women,” “Tax the Rich,” “In Gay We Trust,” and Cara’s (possibly plagiarized) “Peg the Patriarchy.” Don’t mind if I do!

Here are some photos of the outspoken stars. And please pray for me, as I just had to sift through dozens of tweets, 80% of which read: now THEY understood the assignment! BLEGH. First up is Dan Levy, who celebrated queer pride (and Three Musketeers realness) with his bespoke LOEWE outfit featuring two men kissing over a map of Canada and America. The look was inspired by LGBTQ+ artist David Wojnarovicz:

Then there are the ladies who wore red letters on white:

Cara said her “Peg the Patriarchy” look was “about women empowerment… It’s a bit like stick it to the man.” Reaction to Cara’s Dior look was… mixed:

Toronto artist/sex educator, Luna Matatas actually trademarked that phrase back in 2015 and was given zero credit from Cara. Luna told the blog She Does The City that the look was actually a misrepresentation of her brand:

“To see it on a thin, cis, white woman is also really disempowering for me. She can take the message to a place that I can’t… because of censorship, because of racism, because of fatphobia, and all these kinds of things that are barriers for me as a small business.”

She added that “Peg the Patriarchy” isn’t about punishing or “sticking it to the man,” as Cara claimed:

“Patriarchy has no gender, it’s a system. Pegging is a sexual metaphor… It’s a fantasy about subversion,” she says, sharing how fantasy is often used to explore power dynamics, in sex and beyond. “‘Peg the Patriarchy’ is about subversion, not about an anal sex act, and not about men. It’s a metaphor about subverting all of these behaviours that continue to make us subservient within a system, within a gender binary, within how patriarchy supports other systems like white supremacy.”

AOC’s dress was by designer Aurora James. On Instagram, AOC wrote: “The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich”:

Then there’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe, who paired her patriotic suit with a clutch that read, “In Gay We Trust”:

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wore a gown covered in Equal Rights statements and a clutch that read, “ERA YES”:

Rapper Saweetie wore a crystallized Christian Cowan dress that honored her Black and Filipino roots:

Wow. All these stars really UNDERSTOOD THE ASSIGNMENT (pukes immediately after typing that newest “it” phrase)!


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