How could the Met Gala mock Christianity when it doesn't exist?
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Earlier this month the Met Gala took place, and some people weren't happy at the religious theme. The Met Gala has taken place in New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute since 1948, and throughout its history there have never been such large scale allegations of mockery made against it as there were this year. Put simply, the Met Gala is an annual ball through which exclusively chosen celebrities celebrate art and culture. Whilst I'm not a fan of these inner-circle, club gatherings, what I do appreciate is the Gala's combination of art and fashion, history and the modern-day, in which it sews together affairs that are worlds apart. In its most recent ball, the Met Gala displayed its capability of bringing together different eras under the title: 'Heavenly bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'. It makes for a great theme, and an even better display of art. Nearly all art and literature has its roots in religion. We wouldn't have a great number of books and paintings if it wasn't for holy scripture or ideas derived from religious practice. So I want to establish early on that I am grateful for the contribution religion has provided the arts. What I'm not enthusiastic about is the way in which subjective truths (truths that only exist for certain people) have the ability to control objective truths (truths that are real for everyone). The celebration of Christian art meshed with a hint of Hollywood glamour has been frowned upon by a large group of religious followers, moreso on social media, with some users going as far as to say the Met Gala was 'blasphemous'. How much did the Met Gala, if at all, mock Christianity? To understand better how no claim of blasphemous mockery can be made, I'd like to draw a parrallel with the Star Wars Saga, that has thousands, if not millions of followers worldwide. What you see next is a hypothetical scenario. The Met Gala is holding a ball in 2019. The title is: 'Intergalatic Worlds: Fashion and the Imagination of George Lucas'. Thousands of Star Wars fans eagerly await the oppurtunity to see the world's A-listers dressed as their favourite characters. But, it's all gone horribly wrong. Rihanna has come dressed as Luke, but she is seen swapping jokes with Katy Perry who's draped in gloomy robes as Palpatine (natural enemies). That would never happen in the movie! Just behind them, Lana del Ray and Jared Leto stand hand-in-hand, dressed as Princess Leia and Jar Jar Binks. Why are they together?! This is blasphemy in the name of the Force!
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