New York’s mayor Eric Adams appeared at the Met Gala on Monday night wearing a tuxedo on which was written ‘End gun violence’ along with a drawing of a handgun encircled in a ‘no’ symbol.
Although well-intentioned, the symbolism quickly drew mockery online with viewers responding with sarcasm that the problem of gun crime was suddenly fixed.
Adams, 61, and his partner Tracey Collins arrived together as photographers snapped the couple as they walked up the famous carpeted steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Adam’s tux also had the symbol for the N train prominently displayed in what was a clear reference to last month’s mass shooting on a crowded subway train in Brooklyn in which 23 people were hurt.
Adams, who is in his first-term as mayor campaigned on mandate of public safety and has been under pressure to curb violence in the city.
Yet, in the first three months of this year, there have been 291 shootings in the city, up from 252 over the same period last year, according to NYPD statistics.
In March alone, the city reported 115 shooting incidents – more than 16% increase from March 2021.
‘The goal is to end gun violence and save our children,’ Adams said as he pointed out the various subway lines visible on the jacket: ‘Here’s my Q train, my 3 train, my N train, my A train.’
The piece was designed by Laolu Senbanjo, a Nigerian lawyer-turned-artist now based in Brooklyn.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams arrives at the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday night
New York City Mayor Eric Adams and partner Tracey Collins arrive for the 2022 Met Gala
New York’s Mayor is coming up to his fourth month in office and gave the thumbs up
The Mayor’s jacket drew attention from photographers who asked him to give a twirl
Mayor Adams’ jacket was emblazoned with various New York landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building
Many online were not impressed by the message being delivered by Eric Adams’ jacket
‘Bringing a little swagger back to the #MetGala. Honored to be here,’ Adams tweeted, alongside a number of pictures
‘Bringing a little swagger back to the #MetGala. Honored to be here,’ Adams tweeted, alongside a number of pictures.
The jacket did not appear to impress viewers online who did not feel as though its message would make any difference to the city’s skyrocketing gun crime statistics.
‘End gun violence? Isn’t that HIS job?’ asked on Twitter user.
‘Yeah this will bring felonies down,’ joked another.
‘Symbolism rarely if ever brings crime under control, cogent solutions do,’ said one.
‘Bravo! Way to do nothing about the problem,’ wrote one sarcastically.
Earlier in the day, Adams was seen having a pedicure ahead of highlight of the city’s fashion calendar.
Video posted to Twitter showed the mayor completely barefoot while sitting in a chair at the Cuccio Nail Salon in Washington Heights in Manhattan as his feet were seen to.
‘The Met Ball — so we’ll make sure I have a pedi done before I go,’ Adams joked.
Adams received his treatment at 2pm on Monday afternoon. A spokesman confirmed that the mayor did not have his nails painted.
The Met Gala’s theme for this year is ‘Gilded glamour, white-tie,’ guests have were told.
Adams appears to enjoy mingling in the fashion world. He attended New York Fashion Week in February where he was seated next to Anna Wintour.
Earlier in the day, Adams was seen having a pedicure in Washington Heights
Video posted to Twitter showed the mayor completely barefoot while sitting in a chair at the Cuccio Nail Salon in Washington Heights in Manhattan as his feet were given a good scrub
Former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was in a Bordeaux-colored gown designed by Joseph Altuzarra with the names of historic women sewn into the hem and neckline.
They include Madeline Albright, Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Lady Bird Johnson, and Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham.
Clinton’s last Met Gala was a while ago.
‘I told Anna I would come every 20 years,’ she said.
Hillary Clinton attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday night
Clinton was dressed in a Bordeaux-colored gown designed by Joseph Altuzarra
Mrs Clinton is seen from behind in a sprawling ballgown on Monday night
The names of historic women are sewn into Clinton’s hem and neckline
The names sewn into the dress include Madeline Albright, Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Lady Bird Johnson, and Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham
Hillary Clinton attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala
The former First Lady and Secretary of State is said to have drawn inspiration for her dress from the women of America’s past whom she admires.
‘I would’ve filled the entire dress,’ Clinton said. ‘We decided to stick with women who were no longer with us.
‘It also reflected Joseph’s interest in what were called ‘friendship quilts’ that women used to embroider sayings or phrases or their names of family or friends,’ she explained.
Altuzarra’s handwriting was used to write the names of women which was then embroidered by hang onto the maroon gown.
‘I knew that I wanted the dress to have a personal component for her,’ Altuzarra told Vogue.
‘When someone like Hillary goes to the Met, it’s not just like, ‘there’s Hillary at the Met and she’s wearing a dress.’ It has a lot of significance. I felt like I had to be very thoughtful about what the dress would mean to the theme and to the occasion.’
Clinton’s former aide, Huma Abedin, was also seen walking the red carpet into the gala
Huma Abedin set a bright trend with her bold choice for the gala