AOC defends #39;tax the rich#39; dress worn at Met Gala 2021, says #39;medium is the message#39; In an apparent rebuttal to those questioning the reason behind attending the #39;elite#39; fashion event, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance. Dress is borrowed.”