The Grammys are widely known for being the one awards show during awards season where attendees can get a little wild with their fashions.
And unfettered by the need for elegance and refinement required at shows like the Oscars, stars have made a tradition out of making bold statements on its red carpet, from Jennifer Lopez’s barely-there Cavalli in 2000 to Lady Gaga arriving inside an egg in 2011, the Grammys have long been the place to go to make a splash, and be remembered forever.
So it should probably be no surprise that in these deeply weird American times, a couple people took the opportunity at last night’s awards to make some pro-Trump, pro-MAGA statements and call them fashion. Very cool!
First up: Joy Villa!
Villa, who is apparently a musician, made a red carpet splash in pro-Trump and pro-life ensembles to the last two Grammys.
But since literally nobody STILL has even a remote clue who she is–like at all…
I love that Joy Villa pulls this stunt every year and everyone's reaction EACH time is "Who the hell is Joy Villa?" https://t.co/SkmgRlg697
— TASK the Ol’ Nerdy Bastard (@UpToTASK) February 11, 2019
She decided to up the ante! As she told the LA Times, “I’m part Latina. I’m black, and I believe in what the president’s saying.”
No word on what Joy thinks about the other impacts of “what the president’s saying,” such as literal babies being separated from their parents, some of whom will NEVER be reunited with them, or the fact that there are thousands more orphaned children than first reported, mainly because Trump’s government has no actual idea how many children it took because it didn’t bother to track them.
Cool dress though, Joy! The barbed wire is a really nice touch!
Musician Joy Villa shows up to the #Grammys each year in pro-Trump attire. Some call it a PR stunt. She calls it being “outspoken” & something that’s “very difficult” given her views. This time, she says her dress represents the Wall. Note the barbed wire at her neck. @CBCNews pic.twitter.com/3pKPwG7xwa
— Zulekha Nathoo (@ZulekhaNathoo) February 10, 2019
It’s Grammys night, let’s party!
I’m Billboard Top 40 recording artist Ricky Rebel live at the #grammys and I’m a reflection of the 60 million+ Americans that voted for @realdonaldtrump. Be #TheNewAlpha Don’t let anyone keep you in the closet. #kagjacket by @officialandresoriano #MAGA #KAG pic.twitter.com/pIZd3dxMMx
— Ricky Rebel (@RickyRebelRocks) February 10, 2019
Ricky Rebel also told a recent interviewer, “I don’t think it’s healthy to be radically left or radically right. I think we have to come to the center.” Which is interesting coming from a supporter of the most right-wing administration in American history. But whatever!
Anyway, these efforts really paid off for both artists, if the goal was to make people hate you while still having NO CLUE who you are!
“Joy Villa is here tonight dressed as Trump’s border wall.”
— Ray Lewis (@RayLewis1997) February 11, 2019
— 🖤 (@shanekiamoenaey) February 11, 2019
Who the fuck is Ricky Rebel? You know he ain’t shit when he ain’t verified 😂 https://t.co/w8ljiloMhA
— Johanna Adame (@JohannaAdame3) February 11, 2019
— Han Cholo (@davrone86) February 10, 2019
Stop being political. Shut up & sing!
— Jenn (@8675309Carson) February 11, 2019
— NOLADahling (@NOLADahling) February 11, 2019
1. STOP INVITING JOY VILLA TO THE GRAMMYS
2. WHO TF IS RICKY REBEL? https://t.co/xdiOlh3ysU
— Jalen Reeves (@JalenReeves_10) February 11, 2019
Joy Villa is also a Scientologist whose every move is dictated and monitored by the church in concert with her husband who is a longtime Scientologist. https://t.co/6QLDnrhw5f
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 10, 2019
Her: I am dressed as “the wall”
Latin community: no you’re dressed as “una pendeja” https://t.co/FMSKyP7FOy
— Anthony Rodriguez (@saint_papii) February 11, 2019
do we even know who he is? pic.twitter.com/RPdSMJ1Ze8
— The Mariah Report Podcast (@TheMariahReport) February 10, 2019
— Emily Longeretta (@emilylongeretta) February 10, 2019
Breaking news: no one knows who Ricky Rebel is! pic.twitter.com/kr3WmqwrJt
— Katie Dulle (@howeka) February 10, 2019
I love how my reply has more likes than the original tweet 😂
— Kora Darden 💋 (@mshamline21) February 11, 2019
Joy Villa isLatina, African, and Native American. Ricky Rebel is a bisexual man who’s been advocating for LGBT rights. He’s in full makeup and heels, also. They’re both fucking stupid and nobody even knows who they are. pic.twitter.com/5VCnXuL9tg
— roya (@fearofroya) February 11, 2019
Anyway, as the old saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” But, note to Villa and Rebel: if all the publicity in question elicits is various iterations of people squinting at you on Twitter going…
…you might want to reconsider your efforts.