Occupy Champion Melissa Mark-Viverito Sported $5,300 Rings to the $25,000 per Ticket Met Gala


Melissa Mark-Viverito at the Met gala Monday night.

Remember November 2011, when City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was arrested, along with 98 protestors, for blocking the Brooklyn Bridge while chanting "We are the 99 percent?"

Well, times have changed. On Monday -- the same day protestors were gathering in Zuccotti Park to rail against the assault conviction of Occupy protester Cecily McMillan -- Mark-Viverito was uptown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, rubbing elbows with the .001%, at the Met Institute Costume gala.

Tickets to this year's Met gala cost $25,000 a piece. That's $10,000 more than last year; a bump that reportedly came at the behest of Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Back in the fall an anonymous source told the Hollywood Reporter, "Anna wants more exclusivity and high fashion" at the event.

City Council spokeswoman Robin Levine told the Voice via email that Mark-Viverito did not pay for her own ticket to the gala. "The Speaker accepted the Met's invitation to attend the Gala in her official capacity."

Mark-Viverito wore a dress designed by Gustavo Cadile, earrings by Nicole Romano (retail $275), and rings by Marcia Budet.

A spokesperson for Marcia Budet tells the Voice Mark-Viverito wore two 18 karat gold rings stacked together for the event. "One is the Gold Triangle Cocktail Ring (30 carat citrine stone with a diamond, 18k yellow gold, retail $2,700); the other one is the Shield Cocktail Ring (25 carat citrine stone and one diamond, 18k yellow gold, retail $2,600)."

Levine did not respond to inquiries about whether the items were donated, loaned or purchased for the event.

Occupiers, meanwhile, have their own question for their onetime ally.

Cut her some slack, guys--as you can see, she was kind of busy on Monday.

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13 comments
TJLYOM
TJLYOM

Rich people doing rich things, who cares

Ryan Vazquez
Ryan Vazquez

"The Speaker accepted the Met's invitation to attend the Gala in her official capacity." 1. She didn't pay for it. 2. If attending in an official capacity, you'd think she would think twice about attending an event populated entirely by the people her organization rallies against. 3. This pretty much confirms my worst fears about the Occupy movement since it began. The core following was always privileged white kids, dipping their toes in activism during their undergrad to "raise their profile" and pulling them out once a better opportunity presented itself.

RodTownsend
RodTownsend

What a bullshit hack piece this is. 


RodTownsend
RodTownsend

What a bullshit hack piece this is. 

RodTownsend
RodTownsend

What a bullshit hack piece this is. 

revbobbysneakers1
revbobbysneakers1

people gotta work and that's her job. I can't afford expensive rings or met galas, but I don't begrudge the people who can. shmoozing with them is the way we get money to get things done. most people understand that.

revbobbysneakers1
revbobbysneakers1

@TJLYOM @revbobbysneakers1 if that's really the case we are doing much, much better than I feared.

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