Let them eat cake.

As Americans pinch pennies to pay for the hovering prices of groceries and gasoline, Met Gala organizers are being slammed for celebrating over-the-top opulence.

This yr’s gala — to be held tonight on the Metropolitan Museum of Art — options the costume code “Gilded Glamor and White Tie,” paying homage to America’s period of financial ascent.

The Gilded Age — occurring between the years of 1870 and 1900 — marked a interval of speedy financial enlargement throughout the nation, throughout which a small group of American households, together with the the Roosevelts, the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers, acquired outsized wealth.

But because the cashed-up elites flaunted their fortunes — with lavish houses, glamorous robes and priceless Renaissance artworks — hundreds of thousands of residents lived in abject poverty, making an attempt to make ends meet.

Now, some critics have taken to Twitter, mentioning the problematic parallels between the Gilded Age and our present context — marked not solely by rising inequality, however the highest inflation ranges in additional than 40 years. At the identical time, the US economic system shrank by 1.4% in the newest quarter, contracting for the primary time for the reason that pandemic-induced recession two years in the past.

The Met Gala, led by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (proper), has been slammed for this yr’s “Gilded Age” theme, which is about to have a good time excessive wealth as common Americans battle amid the hovering price of dwelling. GettyThe Gilded Age was characterized by extreme wealth and opulent fashions. Pictured: Socialite Alva Vanderbilt, who was new to high society and wore extravagant dresses in a bid to be accepted by her peers.The Gilded Age was characterised by excessive wealth and opulent fashions. Socialite Alva Vanderbilt (pictured) was new to excessive society, and wore extravagant clothes in a bid to be accepted by her friends.Wiki Commons

“Am I the only one who thinks this years #MetGala theme is out of touch?” one raged. “Inequality is at the highest levels since the Gilded Age, a pandemic & economic meltdown wrecked us, inflation is out of control… but cool, let’s wear #GildedAge themed dresses & laugh about inequality.”

They added: “To be clear, I’m normally a big fan. But this year’s theme is a slap in the face to average Americans.”

Opulent: During the Gilded Age, wealthy socialites opted to flaunt their fortunes by wearing lavish gowns, such as the ones pictured. The garments will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Opulent: During the Gilded Age, rich socialites opted to flaunt their fortunes by carrying lavish robes, akin to those pictured. The clothes can be on show on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Getty ImagesLil Nas X in a gold cape at the Met Gala.Going all out: Celebrities have by no means been shy about showing opulent and excessive on the famously extravagant gala. Lil Nas X is pictured on the occasion final yr. Dimitrios Kambouris

Meanwhile, one other blasted: “I’m still not over how ill-advised & tone deaf it is for the Met Gala to have chosen the gilded age of all things for their theme. yes, there will be awesome fashion. no, that doesn’t balance out the queasy.”

A 3rd chimed in saying that the theme of the glitzy gala would “piss people off”.

The Met Gala is organized and presided over by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, though she wasn’t singled out in any of the tweets.

Cardi B is pictured in an extravagant ensemble at the 2018 Met Gala.Cardi B is pictured in an extravagant ensemble on the 2018 Met Gala.AFP/Getty Images

Vogue’s official Met Gala livestream will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and be broadcast throughout the journal’s digital platforms, in addition to on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Vanessa Hudgens, La La Anthony and Vogue editor at giant Hamish Bowles will share internet hosting duties.

Celebrities aren’t ashamed of going all out for the annual bash, donning eye-catching frocks and dripping in hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of diamonds.

While the complete visitors record for tonight’s occasion has been saved high secret, however Page Six sources say Cardi B is about to attend carrying an costly Versace robe. Others reported to be on the visitor record embody Katy Perry, Sydney Sweeney, Gigi Hadid and all 5 Kardashian sisters.