Accuracy in Media

In a piece intended to highlight “elitism” at the Met Gala, BuzzFeed displayed its own liberal elitism by worrying that the invite list had too many social media influencers and ignoring the flaunting of the COVID crisis rules that liberals would foist on the rest of us, especially on masks. 

“The elitism debate is perhaps bolstered by Anna Wintour’s infamous ‘no phones’ rule, which is inevitably broken every year when the celebs gather for a sneaky selfie in the bathrooms,” said BuzzFeed, as it debated the wisdom of so many YouTube and Twitter stars being invited to the fashion-social event. The image, which was included in the BuzzFeed article, is from a past Met Gala.

Because nothing says “COVID-free” more than 117 celebrities jammed into a public bathroom for a selfie with no masks in sight. The Met Gala did have a vaccine mandate, however, several of the celebrities that attended have pushed for mask mandates regardless of vaccination status and have urged others to set an example by wearing them. This includes New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.), who has said she would not stop wearing her mask.

“Personally I’m going to keep wearing my mask in shared indoor public spaces like elevators, subway, grocery store, etc.,” she said in a post on Instagram

The photo they used is from Kylie Jenner, who did not attend this year’s Met Gala. The Daily Mail speculated that because Jenner had attended other Fashion Week events, she might not have been vaccinated. But BuzzFeed, despite publishing a list shaming celebrities opting not to get the vaccine in the past, gave the unvaccinated “elites” a pass they have not given to everyday Americans. Even Nicki Minaj, one of the few Gala-skippers confirmed to be unvaccinated, got a free pass.

Of course, BuzzFeed did cover her outspoken anti-vaccine views – but they covered it as a joke.

“Nicki Minaj Tweeted About Her Cousin’s Friend’s Swollen Testicles And People Lost It,” their headline read. Buried in the body of the article is a line that says, “The tweet made Minaj the most recent celebrity to publicly cast doubt on the vaccine as the US continues to grapple with the pandemic, even though the science is clear that getting vaccinated is the best way to combat COVID-19.” But the bulk of the rest of the piece is random testicle-based jokes pulled from Twitter.

Like Obama’s fundraiser disguised as a birthday bash that was celebrated earlier this year,  the Met Gala not only shows too much of the elites’ garter belt, and too little mask, it also reinforces the notion that there are two standards of conduct in America: One for those at the top in private and one for the rest of us who are supposed to be spied on everywhere. 

BuzzFeed has done plenty to create those two sets of rules. 

The digital mothership for young, out-of-touch pseudo-progressives has spent most of the summer hyperventilating about COVID rules, COVID vaccinations, Texas Republicans and Florida Republicans who want people to die from COVID and, especially, COVID mask mandates. 

“The Delta variant, now responsible for more than 80% of COVID-19 cases, is highly contagious. While with the original coronavirus, an infected person was expected to infect two to three others, a person infected with Delta is expected to infect anywhere from five to nine,” said BuzzFeed just a month ago.

Yet in the half-dozen articles published by Buzzfeed about the Met Gala in the last week, there is little, if any, questioning whether having an indoor event is wise or responsible given the rules that Buzzfeed lays out for the rest of us in combatting COVID. 

According to BuzzFeed, regular folks can’t work now because the COVID epidemic makes it too dangerous. But celebrity “ragers” are OK?

BuzzFeed itself noted this phenomenon in the spring but has apparently forgotten it. 

That may be because its criticism was posited when BuzzFeed thought that pandemic was winding down and dunning the rich and famous would help pass a radical, progressive laundry list of items.  

“Meanwhile, as thousands of essential workers got sick and those in hospitality were forced to choose between unemployment and risking their health, the lifestyles of the rich and fabulous sauntered on,” said BuzzFeed in May. 

In fact, it still saunters on. As does much of America. BuzzFeed had the opportunity to stick it to the elites they claimed to be railing against but continued to hold celebrities to an entirely different standard than the rest of Americans.




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