A Closet Capitalist

Normally, I wouldn’t care about this, but someone I know remarked on how many of his acquaintances “just luv” AOC. No less for the stunt she pulled last week. But, as the article discusses,

[... W]hen it comes to indulging in the trappings of the high life and generating wealth for both herself and her friends, she is as shameless and shrewd as the most unscrupulous oil baron.

So, for a bit of context:

The congresswoman caused a splash this week with her appearance at the 2021 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala, a gathering of the ultra-elite, famous for its aggressive displays of wealth.

Ocasio-Cortez attended the event wearing a designer dress bearing the slogan, “Tax the rich.”

Then things get interesting:

She also posed for photos holding a $995 handbag emblazoned with the same phrase. The dress and the handbag were provided by Brother Vellies founder Aurora James, a Canadian-born designer[...].

The gala charges between $30,000 and $35,000 per ticket which the Met (which receives federal funding) “comped” to AOC.

And this is where it gets good.

Following the gala [...], the self-described “working-class” woman of color faced criticism for being such a clearly willing participant in the unabashed celebration of wealth and celebrity. Ocasio-Cortez defended herself, claiming there’s no contradiction between her gala attendance and her espoused beliefs regarding taxation and wealth inequality.


After the gala, the congresswoman’s office sent out a fundraising email, directing supporters to buy Ocasio-Cortez-branded T-shirts and hoodies bearing the same “Tax the rich” slogan she promoted at the Met. The T-shirts cost $27 a piece, while the hoodies cost $58.

Brother Vellies’s website now offers a “customized” version of the $995 handbag Ocasio-Cortez sported at the one percenter party. The product listing for the “Tax the rich” handbag includes the line, “As seen at the 2021 MET Gala .” The product listing also includes a photo of the congresswoman modeling the handbag at the gala.

Update (20210919): Turns out the designer of that outfit and purse may have some legal issues (the NY Post is on it)

The ‘Tax the Rich’ dress designer whom @AOC went to the Met Gala with:
• Owes $103,220 in back taxes
• Received $41,666 in PPP
• Has ‘legions’ of unpaid interns
• Owes $62,722 in workers comp
• Still found $250,000 for a table at the Met Gala

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