It’s the Met Gala 2022 and it’s time to take a look back at some of the most controversial moments in the event’s history.
There are definitely some moments we’ll never forget, including celebrity arguments, the star who left early and criticized the event, and the celebrity who finally got an audience after being banned for years.
We’ve arranged the moments in order, so click all the way up to number one to see the most shocking moments!
Click the slideshow to see the 10 most controversial moments from the Met Gala, in order…
Kendall Jenner attended the 2017 Met Gala in a sheer La Perla dress that led to her being slut-shamed.
Kendall told Allure at the event, “It’s pretty sexual, but, yeah, it’s cool. It’s like, it’s very like, I don’t know. I always like something that’s a little controversial, so, that’s kind of that.”
People were surprised that The Weeknd and Selena Gomez made their debut as a couple at the Met Gala… because his ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid was also at the event.
It seems all was okay that night though, because Bella and The Weeknd got back together just months after he split with Selena. They eventually ended things again.
Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, caused controversy in 2021 by wearing a “tax the rich” dress to the Met Gala.
People were quick to point out that it costs $30,000 for each guest to attend the event, even though most celebs don’t actually pay for the tickets themselves.
She responded to the backlash by saying, “The medium is the message. Proud to work with Aurora James as a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream Brother Vellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the CFDA against all odds – and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met. The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich. And yes, BEFORE anybody starts wilding out – NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance. Dress is borrowed via Brother Vellies. 🤗.”
Lena Dunham was seated next to football player Odell Beckham Jr. at the 2016 Met Gala and she later claimed that he ignored her.
“It was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” she said during an interview for her Lenny Letter newsletter. “It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.’”
Lena received backlash and later apologized by saying on Instagram, “Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it.”
Odell was asked about the controversy just a few days later.
“It’s life,” he said. “There are so many things that go on, you catch some of them, you don’t catch some of them, you just — I don’t know man, I don’t have much to say about that. I have to learn more about the situation.”
Prankster Vitalii Sediuk tried to crash the red carpet in 2014 by going streaking in a Borat-esque mankini. He was tackled by security before he made it onto the carpet.
Demi Lovato attended the Met Gala in 2016, but decided to leave early after having to deal with a celebrity who was “miserable to be around.”
“I had a terrible experience,” Demi told Billboard in 2018. “This one celebrity was a complete bitch and was miserable to be around. It was very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.”
Demi left the event and went to a 10pm AA meeting.
“I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on — millions of dollars of diamonds on in an AA meeting. And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala — fake and sucking the fashion industry’s dick,” they said.
Sarah Jessica Parker was among the celebs who received backlash in 2015 after attending the “China: Through the Looking Glass” event. She was accused of cultural appropriation due to the headpiece she wore, which people have said perpetuated the “Asian Dragon Lady” stereotype.
It has been reported in the past that Kim Kardashian was banned from attending the Met Gala for many years because Anna Wintour did not want to invite reality stars.
Kim made her first appearance at the Met Gala in 2013, when she accompanied her ex Kanye West to the event. He was the performer that year, so it made sense that she was invited.
Celebs receive backlash for smoking in bathroom at 2017 event
The health department of New York City was not happy at all when celebs were caught smoking in the bathroom at the 2017 Met Gala.
A bunch of celebs shared photos from inside the bathrooms, showing them smoking and violating the city’s Smoke-Free Air Act.
“We were dismayed to read reports that some celebrities chose smoking as their fashion accessory and flagrantly violated New York City’s smoking laws,” the Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett wrote in a letter to the Met.
The Met said that it was only a “small number of guests” violating the law, but they ensured it would never happen again.
You probably guessed it… the most controversial moment of all time is when Solange Knowles got into a physical altercation with Jay-Z at a Met Gala after party in 2014.
Security camera footage from an elevator inside the Standard Hotel showed Solange kicking and swinging at Jay-Z while in the elevator.
The family released a statement 10 days after the footage was released.
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family,” the statement said.
Jay-Z later spoke about the incident in 2017. He said, “We’ve had one disagreement. Before and after, we’ve been cool. That’s my sister. Not my sister-in-law, no, my sister. Period.”