The theme of the 2018 annual Met Gala was bound to stir controversy. Called "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," stars wore looks inspired by Catholic iconography. But it wasn't Rihanna's sacrilegious "slutty pope" look that caused the trouble. It was a Crusades-inspired gold chainmail dress that actress Olivia Munn wore.
Or rather, it's what she said about it. In a since deleted tweet, Munn said her golden look was inspired by her "love of the Crusades."
The Crusades were a bloody religious war between the Latin Church and Muslims in the 11th century. Christians sought to regain Southern Europe from Muslim expansion and to retake control of the Holy Land in the eastern Mediterranean.
Munn's "love" for an era defined by widespread slaughter and religious conflict did not sit too well with the social justice crusaders of Twitter.
I'm guessing Olivia Munn said she was inspired by the Crusades because "decades of religious-based pillaging and murder" is too long to roll easily off the tongue.— Riot Nrrrd™ (@CLK55) May 8, 2018
what does Olivia Munn love about the crusades pls explain ??— Susuana. (@Susuana_Xx) May 7, 2018
never forget olivia munn's love of the crusades. they deleted the tweet but they can't delete our memories— jaide (@purrrrkins) May 8, 2018
Does Olivia Munn know what the “crusades” were bc what the fuck bro— L’cunt (@_Whi_Phi_) May 7, 2018
olivia munn isn’t white but like... “love of the crusades”... who says that— lot’s wife dies in infinity war (@GElRSKOGUL) May 8, 2018
It was probably just a poor word choice... or a chapter in World History that Munn skipped in high school.