Sunday night at the Grammys, a young lady who was not nominated for anything wore a dress emblazoned with a mantra of the right: “Make America Great Again.” She was a tiny, but ingenious, salmon swimming with the current. Joy Villa, stage name "Princess" Joy Villa, is a 25 year old provocateur that was sitting at position 543,202 with her album on Amazon, with nothing to lose. I have a friend who is a manager at a grocery store who has an album at number 204,213, more than 300k spots ahead of her Saturday number.
The dress itself was a hastily, origami’d rally banner, influenced by Oshkosh b’gosh overalls and sausage casings. Bedazzled in an Ed Hardy-esque fashion and fastened at the neck with the ubiquitous flag pin, the look reads like a fascist propaganda pinup.
The designer, Andre Soriano, is a gay, Phillipino immigrant and had this to say about it:
"It’s more so about love. We all live on this planet. I’ve never been in the political area. However, it’s just so crazy that people are getting beat up because they voted for Trump, or this and that, someone wants to bomb the White House....I am an American, I moved here from the Philippines and I highly believed in the trueness of what this country can bring. It’s about bringing people together, that’s the message."
Soriano went on to give his opinion on the Women’s March on Washington, saying that:
"I heard that somebody wanted to bomb the White House. And then I saw the Women’s March... Joy Villa is all about love with her music. I’m like Joy, we have to make a statement on what is right for our country, of what we believe in, for the constitution."
The Princess herself kept things positive on her Instagram and twitter accounts, which she usually uses to hawk vegan living and Scientology.
Dan Gainor had this to say on Breitbart’s XM radio show this morning:
“I like it just because this is what it takes to be counter-culture. Andrew [Breitbart] was always talking about being counter-culture and how conservatives need to be counter-culture. … The idea that someone would go on the red carpet right in the deepest, darkest part of Hollywood at the Grammys and reveal pro-Trump sentiment, you know, that takes courage.”
In this commentator’s humble opinion, Joy Villa and Soriano have pulled a fast one on us all. Both singer and designer had languishing, dead careers that were stuck in obscurity. Soriano’s most famous client is Courtney Love, if that’s any indication. They knew the dress would cause a scene, and they were absolutely right. If they thought that it was Miss Villa’s right as an American citizen to make her voice heard, why didn’t she walk down the carpet proudly, instead of swathing herself in a bed sheet until she got to the press photographers? What it seems to me, is that the dress was worn for effect by a woman desperate to be relevant, and for her trouble she’s made a handful of cash from sales of her EP, and gained more than 70,000 twitter followers. The human version of clickbait.
But, she will go down in awards fashion history as the little salmon looking for the easy way out.