Eric Adams Goes Politics at the Met Gala in ‘End Gun Violence’ Jacket

The annual event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a favorite of celebrities, designers, financiers and members of society willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege of attending. Last year, the event raised $16.4 million for the museum’s Costume Institute. Lately, the gala has become a place to make a statement. In 2019, progressive Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines when she wore a white dress to the event with the phrase “tax the rich” splashed across the back in red.

This year’s theme, “Gilded Glamour,” drew backlash from some, including Adams.

“The Golden Age was a dark time, and we can’t go back to that time as we deal with income inequality, as we deal with embracing our immigrant population,” Adams said. . “We have to deal with the real issues.”

Adams, an early mayor who campaigned for public safety, came under pressure to curb violence in the city. A mass shooting at a Brooklyn subway station that injured at least 23 people last month has drawn national attention. In the first three months of this year, there were 291 shootings in the city, up from 252 in the same period last year, according to the New York Police Department.

A veteran of the NYPD for more than 20 years, Adams has teamed up with US President Joe Biden to support police and fight gun violence.