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The first Monday in May is a huge part of the fashion social calendar. Every year, the Met Gala is thrown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to benefit the Costume Institute. The event raises huge amounts of money, but is it just an excuse for capitalist worship of excess?

No, the Met Gala is not distasteful Show more Show less

The Met Gala is a fun way to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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The Met Gala is enjoyable to watch and promotes global conversation

Each year, millions of people love to examine and critique the costumes celebrities wear to the Met Gala. The annual event garners coverage from most of the Western world's largest media sources and is discussed for weeks and even years following the night.
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The extravagance of the Met Gala is certainly fun to observe. The lavishness and opulence of the Gala transports any viewer from their life into what seems to be another world. This has been made even easier by the prevalence of social media. There is a reason that the morning after the Met Gala innumerable articles are posted citing the best and worst-dressed celebrities of the night. The Met Gala receives an inordinate amount of attention chiefly because it is a fun event to watch, hear about, and read about. The Gala places the majority of popular celebrities in a single place in spectacular and unworldly ensembles. It seems as though the entire media world is captivated by who wore what, who took pictures with whom, and other details regarding the event. Social media posts further captivate millions of users who are drawn to learning about what their favorite celebrities do behind the closed doors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the night of the Met Gala. It is no wonder that what is often referred to as “fashion’s biggest night out” is a spectacle to behold. From people dressing as chandeliers to Joan of Arc, there seems to be no shortage of material to discuss. While some may consider the event to be distasteful with respect to its grandeur or occasional questionable themes, the Met Gala is truly a fun event for participants and onlookers alike.

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While the Met Gala may seem fun to watch, there are underlying factors to the event which ultimately may be detrimental to viewers. Chiefly, the Met Gala paints an unrealistic picture of glamor and life. At first glance, the Met Gala appears to simply promote and celebrate fashion. But the event and the ensuing media coverage also celebrate a single beauty standard that is, for most viewers, out of reach. Such a superficial event reinforces expectations of how people are supposed to look and behave. Again, such expectations are incredibly out of touch for an average viewer who most likely does not have a celebrity's legion of stylists and personal trainers. In this way, while the event may seem like a good time and enjoyable to watch, its coverage and focus on superficial things may have detrimental effects on viewers' mental health.

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