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New York Mayor Eric Adams used the 2022 Met Gala on Monday to make a political statement, sporting a tuxedo emblazoned with the words “End Gun Violence” on the back.
Adams, 61, was pictured alongside his girlfriend, Tracey Collins, giving a thumbs up and smiling.
“Bringing some swagger back to the #MetGala. Honored to be here,” Adams tweeted, along with several photos.
Earlier Monday, the mayor tweeted a photo of himself getting a pedicure in preparation for the Meta Gala.
Statistics released last month by the NYPD indicated that gun violence was on the rise. In March, the city reported 115 shootings, an increase of more than 16% from March 2021.
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Adams is by no means the first politician to make a political statement. Last year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., created a buzz by wearing a white dress with the slogan “tax the rich.”
The wardrobe choice drew a mixed response on social media, with some praising Ocasio-Cortez’s post and others calling it “obscenely out of touch and completely hypocritical.”
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The Meta Gala has returned to the first Monday in May after years of pandemic upheaval.
Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report.
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