Speaking of NYC failures, let’s add another to the list! Today is Friday, a day when we should all be figuratively twerking in the office over the fact that (most of us) get the weekend off. A favorite pastime for NYers on the weekend? Why, it’s going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art! I can say that, without a doubt, it is one of my ultimate happy places. Full of peace, beauty, and culture, it’s a haven to so many locals and tourists alike. So why is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, resident dick extraordinaire, trying to ruin that for us?
News broke this morning that Bloomberg “supports” the amendment to the Met’s lease of charging a mandatory $25 entrance fee i.e. he’s already granted them the right to do so. 25 FUCKING DOLLARS. DUDE. ARE YOU SHITTING ME RIGHT NOW? The average citizen can’t afford that for every single museum visits and certainly has no hope of ever seeing everything the museum has to offer without spending around $100, collectively, for multiple visits. And that same amount of money is only slightly more than what a family of four – two parents and two children – would spend in hopes of experiencing something more enriching than just the latest Pixar movie. This is outrageous and insulting yet completely unsurprising. The bottom line is that Bloomberg, a man whose net worth is $31 BILLION (as of September 2013), can’t conceive of how hard it is to shell out $25 for anything, much less a museum visit. Hmm. Food or art, food or art. Such a difficult decision.
The Met currently has a “suggested” entrance fee of the aforementioned $25 for adults, $17 for Seniors (likewise disgusting), and $12 for students. “Suggested” meaning that, if you can’t afford to pay the entire amount, you can still get in by paying either a portion or nothing at all! How many people in this city have been exposed to all manner of evocative art regardless of whether they came from the poorest section of the South Bronx or were a broke college student living off Ramen noodles? There have been many times in my life when all I’ve been able to spare has been a dollar or less. Now that I’m able to give somewhat more, I do. But never have I paid the full suggested price and I’m speaking as someone who, guess what, USED TO WORK AT THE MET. It’s one of the most beautiful and inspiring museums I’ve ever been to and it shouldn’t be restricted solely to duped tourists (a whole ‘nother can of worms) and rich douches like our Mayor.
No one is saying that this place shouldn’t be able to turn a profit. The fact remains, though, that the Met acquires a fair degree of it’s revenue from donations courtesy of people like…oh, hey, look at that. Bloomberg is a patron of the arts! You really can’t make this stuff up. The man has money to burn, donates to the arts (noble until you consider his personality and realize it’s probably for the tax write off), then wants to turn around and essentially decree that only those of his ilk should be allowed to enter this famous New York institution.
Hey, asshole! You’ve already stolen a 3rd term! Can you just STOP now?!