The Met Gala wasn’t disrespecting Catholicism

Alison Hernandez

The Catholics getting offended by the Met Gala’s latest theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” are making it shameful to have any association with the church.

On Monday night celebrities showed off outfits inspired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s next Costume Institute exhibit that is currently showcasing fashion influence by Catholicism.

The event was approved by the Vatican and was even sent about 50 garments and accessories for the Met Museum’s show.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop of New York, attended the event to further explain the church’s involvement during a press conference.

“It’s because the Church and the Catholic imagination—the theme of this exhibit—are all about three things: truth, goodness and beauty. That’s why we’re into things such as art, culture, music, literature and, yes, even fashion.’’

Despite all this, people still took to Twitter to accuse celebrities of disrespecting their religion or of culturally appropriating Catholicism.

Twitter user Bearspear (@bearspear) replied to a tweet by Cardinal Dolan with, “I think the exhibit #HeavenlyBodies is meant more to corrupt the ‘Catholic Imagination’ to be honest. There seems to more propaganda than ‘truth, goodness, and beauty’.”

Another user going by V (@vannsmole) took things a bit more extremely when she tweeted out the following in response to what she saw at the event,

“Catholic/Christian themed #MetGala? Why is it ok for a bunch of Hollywood nobodies to disrespect my religion?

“Very daring to mock a religion that won’t come after them.

“Next year, let’s do islam, with severed heads, women w/ black eyes, child brides & a side of FGM 4 the girls.”

It’s tweets like the second one that can make even a non-practicing Catholic embarrassed to be considered or think that they were part of the same religion as the person who posted them.

The outfits the celebrities wore and that are currently displayed in the museum are not culturally appropriating Catholicism or even disrespecting it like some people who just want to feel offended think they are.

The event and its participants meant no disrespect to the Catholic faith, people also need to remember that, as previously stated, the whole thing was approved by the Vatican.

The Vatican wouldn’t approve of something that disrespected a religion that’s so important to so many people, so to those of you that are making yourselves angry for no reason just calm down already.

It makes sense that some of the outfits on display resembled religious attire like Rihanna’s papal outfit or themes and saints like Zendaya wearing armor to represent Joan of Arc, but altered because it was combining religion with fashion.

The fashion show and the museum exhibit are both more of a celebration of everything that’s a part of the Catholic religion, it’s not often that religious themes are displayed and given so much positive attention.

All you salty self-righteous Catholics need to lighten up and learn to recognize when people are trying to show how they were inspired by your religion.

Take a note from Joseph (@stussyjoseph),



“A M E N .”