Amid all the show-stopping looks at last night’s Karl Lagerfeld-themed Met Gala, Doja Cat living up to her name in an homage to the designer’s beloved cat Choupette, (alleged) cult leader Jared Leto reppin’ the furry community, and Lil Nas X being Lil Nas X, one star managed to steal the limelight – a teeny tiny cockroach.
Clad in a chic custom exoskeleton by the Haus of Mother Nature, the cockroach rose from the bowels of the 86th Street MTA station and onto the gala’s toothpaste-colored carpet, where it strutted its stuff … well, as much as a creature with six little legs can strut its stuff.
“A cockroach has arrived at the #MetGala,” Variety wrote, alongside a video of the bug hitting the red carpet.
A cockroach slays on the Met Gala red carpet pic.twitter.com/eN2CdtGIIE— Vulture (@vulture) May 2, 2023
“Roach Roacherson has arrived!” People magazine reiterated, its adjacent clip of the insect quite literally being chased by the paps proving that even cute little bugs aren’t immune to the paparazzi’s predatory ways. Ugh. Can’t a cockroach get a moment of privacy, k thanks?
Like most of Hollywood’s rising stars, Mr. Roacherson’s time in the limelight came to a c close too soon. Moments after photographer Kevin Mazur jokingly pretended to stomp on the Gala’s tiniest guest, another party, one who has yet to be publicly identified, squashed the celeb beneath their (probably overpriced) dress shoe. The suspect is still at large – or more likely probably at home, nursing a hangover.
Shortly after news of Mr. Roacherson’s demise hit the web – “It is with deep sadness that we must report the #MetGala cockroach was stepped on,” Variety captioned their in memoriam post – heartfelt tributes began pouring in from fans and fellow celebs alike.
“Rip little king,” wrote Twitter user @bxbygIow.
“I'm going to need a minute to process this - gone WAY too soon,” chimed in BuzzFeed News before @PDYorkTheWriter promptly reminded them they were probably next.
Meanwhile, others called for a full-fledged investigation into the bug’s untimely squishing.
“We must send Benoit Blanc there to find out who committed this murder,” demanded @qLxke_, in what is probably a very welcome Knives Out 3 suggestion.
“Hollywood is so fucking disgusting, a literal MURDER occurs and they don’t stop the event?” mused @HailEternal.
R.I.P. Mr. Roacherson. You’ll always be best dressed in our hearts.