Met Gala Faces Criticism over Religious Theme

Posted on May 30, 2018 by

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On 7 May 2018, the 70th annual Met Gala took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  The theme for the event was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

The Catholic Church endorsed the event and loaned  more than 40 pieces to the event. The event however was met with accusations of religious appropriation. Many critics and people around the world took offense to the theme of the event.

In 1948, the first Met Gala took place in order to raise money for the Costume Institute. Now one of the biggest charity events,  the Met Gala is under high scrutiny for “appropriating” religion.

Many catholics have taken to Twitter to call out their reasons for believing the event was “sacrilegious.” Many people are also calling out the event for “glorifying” a religion with such a dark history.  

“I don’t think that the Met Gala was appropriating the Catholic religion. I think they were trying to celebrate the art that has come out of the Catholic religion,”  junior Kyley Agostinelli said.

Despite all of the tension the Gala has caused, the celebrities that attended continue to support the event and the 2018 theme.

“Even though there’s controversy surrounding the Met Gala, I think that they did a good job with representing Catholic art. I hope that they incorporate more religious themes in the future,”  junior Melissa Dieda said.

Whether or not the event will incorporate more religious themes in the future has yet to be confirmed.

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