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Social Media Condemns ‘Met Gala Massacre’ Amid Israel’s Incursion into Rafah

The Met Gala, known as fashion’s grandest night, unfolded in New York City on Monday, drawing attention to avant-garde fashion donned by A-list Hollywood celebrities. Hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the gala is a significant annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

However, this year’s event faced heavy criticism from netizens due to the escalating situation in Gaza as Israel’s aggression intensified. On the same day as the gala, Israel urged Palestinians to evacuate eastern Rafah, heightening concerns about a potential Israeli ground invasion and global alarm over the situation.

UN Secretary-General Anto­nio Guterres’ spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, condemned the order, citing safety concerns, particularly as millions of Palestinians sought refuge in Rafah while Tel Aviv reportedly moved brigades closer to the city.

Amidst the tragic events unfolding in Gaza, where the threat of famine loomed amidst death and destruction, the stark contrast of the Met Gala celebration felt dystopian to many observers. Some likened the juxtaposition to scenes from “The Hunger Games,” highlighting the excruciating experience of witnessing images of injured children from Gaza amidst the glamour of the gala.

Criticism extended to the cost of Met Gala tickets, priced at $75,000 each, with some pointing out that the cost of one ticket could evacuate multiple families from Gaza.

Additionally, there was outrage over high-profile events featuring Hollywood elites being perceived as distractions from Israeli aggression, with concerns raised that such events allowed Israel to intensify bombing campaigns when the world’s attention was diverted.

Celebrities attending the Met Gala also faced backlash, with criticism directed towards what some perceived as a display of privilege and insensitivity amidst the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

While some advocated for simultaneous awareness of both Gaza and the Met Gala, pro-Palestine protesters rallied near the event, drawing attention to the ongoing war in Gaza and leading to several arrests.

In light of the suffering in Gaza, many found it challenging to focus on celebrity fashion, emphasizing the importance of directing attention to the plight of those affected by the conflict.

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