America May Not Have Bread, but it Sure Has Circuses | Sojourners

America May Not Have Bread, but it Sure Has Circuses

What the Met Gala reveals about media manipulation.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands with her back to the camera, displaying a ball gown that says "Tax the Rich."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the Met Gala 2021 / Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for the Met museum / Vogue

THE MET GALA is fascinating. Part chaos and part fundraiser, the Gala has created a treasure trove of cultural touchstones and meme-worthy content over the past few years. Created in the 1940s to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the Gala is, at its core, a paean to the sartorial arts. In many ways, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, especially if you, like me, are not opposed to a lot of pomp and very little circumstance. However, in the thick of my 2 a.m. behind-the-scenes-at-the-Met video binge, a thought occurred to me that I’ve been turning over ever since: America may not have bread, but it sure has circuses.

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