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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Social media up in arms: Rafah invasion and Met Gala stir outrage

Social media users slammed the media for giving extensive coverage to the fashion event overshadowing the invasion of Rafah.

People all over the world criticized the Met Gala for going on while Israel kept attacking Rafah in Gaza. Social media saw a strong reaction from activists and users across the globe.

Dubbed as the biggest annual event of the fashion industry, The Met Gala is a fancy event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Celebrities from all over the world dress up in extravagant outfits and walk the red carpet.

However, this year, the event was decried on social media as Israel invaded Rafah, bombarding and targeting the unarmed population of Gaza. On the first day of May, Israel called on the residents to leave Rafah. The day coincided with the event celebration. Israel’s warning to the people of Gaza regarding the ground invasion alarmed the world.

Social media users slammed the media for giving extensive coverage to the fashion event overshadowing the invasion of Rafah.

Sharing the pictures from Met Gala and the injured children in Gaza, one social media user wrote: “Where is the media focused? Not on RAFAH. A celebrity unable to walk in a tight dress at the Met Gala gets more coverage than the father carrying his dead child in Rafah. This is media complicity in Genocide. Please keep sharing. ALL EYES ON RAFAH.”

Another user pointed out,  “The Hunger Games comparisons is insane because we’re oohing and aahing over people in pretty gowns while children are being murdered. We’re living it.”

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A digital media outlet on X said that “While the media’s attention was fixed on celebrities flaunting expensive gowns at the lavish Met Gala, Palestinians in Rafah faced heavy carpet-bombing and more ruthless slaughter by Israel.”

Many were outraged about tickets for events costing more than $75,000 each. They thought that instead of spending that much money on a party, it could be used to evacuate families in Rafah to leave safely.