As celebrities and politicians walked the red carpet Monday at the annual Met Gala, social media brewed with disdain when the elites had entered the red carpet without wearing masks.
A-listers joined US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the bash – which was canceled last year due to the Covid pandemic.
But while the Met had insisted that those in attendance were all vaccinated, many on Twitter were quick to dismiss Cortez’s hypocrisy for not keeping her mask on during the crowded event as they continued to push for mask mandates.
Conservative podcaster and writer Bethany Mandel tweeted: ‘In the back you can see all the ‘help’ in masks walking around laughing with this on their butts, referring to Crotez’s ‘Tax the Rich’ dress.
“Kids in New York should come to school today without masks and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry I thought this was the Met Gala.'”
Celebrities had to wear masks indoors, but the red carpet for the event was outside.
Twitter was in turmoil after photos from Monday’s Met Gala showing celebrities and politicians taking pictures without masks, with some calling the move hypocritical
Journalist Glenn Greenwald sarcastically tweeted: ‘Lots of people mocking the lack of masks and social distancing in this lavish indoor event in the midst of a pandemic, but – as was true of Obama’s indoor bash – COVID was not invited’
“These are the refined people who are not in danger.”
President Obama’s 60th birthday party last month was widely criticized for failing to enforce masks, despite hundreds in attendance.
Another Twitter user by the name of Wokal Distance said it was hypocritical of Cortez to support mask policies in schools, where students wear masks for hours on end, but she couldn’t keep hers up for the gala event.
“My son is 7 and has to wear a mask for 8 hours every day at school.”
Jennifer Sey, who produced the documentary about the annual abuse of Doctor Larry Nassar of Team USA Gymnastics, wrote that while she enjoys the Met Gala, she thought it was a bad decision for the celebrities to take off their masks.
“I love the Met Gala. But why on earth can these people show their faces while Palo Alto preschoolers are masking during recess?’
Sey was referring to the city of California, whose schools had approved outdoor mask mandates in July and August, amid a spate of COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.
Ben Isaacs, another Twitter user, also pointed out the maskless presence of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the red carpet event.
“Do what I say, NOT what I do. [de Blasio] ensures that every student and teacher of a public school in NYC wears a mask all day at school. I don’t think it’s considered school at gala.’
Another person with the username talindsey took it a step further, calling those in attendance “shallow, left-wing celebrities.”
‘Rules for you, but not for me. Elsewhere in NYC, people can’t go to restaurants without ID, vaccination card and mask’
Twitter users claimed it was hypocritical for some of the political A-list to push for masking mandates in New York and in the US while attending events without masks
But others also took to social media to defend the A-listers, pointing to the Met Gala’s policy that all attendees must be vaccinated and wear their masks indoors.
Guests were required to present a vaccination certificate and negative rapid PCR test the day before to attend the Met Gala, Media entertainment art, worldwide reported.
Another Twitter user, Juliet Touma, added, “You know what’s super cool about this year’s Met Gala? Everyone present had been vaccinated and if they were inside and not eating, they had to wear a mask.’
Other Twitter users defended the A-listers by noting that all attendees were required to present full proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test result
The celebrities had to wear masks indoors. LR: Adam Mosseri, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Anna Wintour, Timothee Chalamet, Naomi Osaka and Tom Ford
But despite the precautions taken at the Met Gala to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some felt the move to take maskless photos at a prominent event sends a bad signal to the public.
One Twitter user with the handle, Forever Mission of Love, noted that public figures who insist on masking mandates while walking around mask-less are only adding to the backlash against the policy.
“Do you think people who are hesitant to wear their mask and about the COVID guidelines in general will see it at gala and more or less likely to comply with the regulations?”
Another person on Twitter with the username Scott Strange wrote: ‘You must wear a mask even if you are vaccinated for the vulnerable!’
Others on Twitter felt there was no excuse not to keep the masks on all the time
Monday’s event marked the return of the Met Gala, which was canceled last year due to COVID-19.
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez boasted that she boosted Google searches about “our f****d up tax code” by attending the Met Gala, arguably the most elite event in American celebrity culture, in a borrowed dress with the words “tax the rich” on them, in what critics call yet another example of her unedifying hypocrisy.
The 31-year-old socialist firefighter attended the event with her boyfriend Riley Roberts after getting ready at The Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side.
She claims she attended the event for free, where tables can cost upwards of $200,000, and that it was her responsibility to do so as an elected official.
“The Met Gala is seen as elite and inaccessible… As a working-class woman, [I] wanted to enjoy the event but also break the fourth wall and challenge the industry,” she proudly told Vogue at the event.
US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines with her ‘Tax the Rich’ dress at the gala
Justin and Hailey Bieber also appeared at the star-studded event
Canadian musician Grimes was among a handful of celebrities who found creative ways to incorporate masks into their outfits to stay masked during the photo shoots