The Grammy Awards happened last night, and, as ever, celebrities showed up dressed to impress. Celebrity outfits are always a valuable source of gossip, but no one stood out more (or for quite such terrible reasons) as singer Joy Villa.
The strident conservative didn't want to look pretty - her aims were far more politically attention seeking. Villa's dress was a paean to right-wing ideology and one particularly racist policy in particular. Her "Build The Wall" attire came complete with barbed wire shoulder pads and a Make America Great Again purse, and the internet is understandably angered.
Villa is hardly a household name in terms of her music - and it seems clear that this dress is an ill-advised and unnecessarily cruel grab for attention by any means necessary. Luckily, the internet appears to have seen through the publicity stunt, and it seems any headlines Villa has grabbed have been wholeheartedly negative.
The Grammy Awards are an annual celebration of achievement in music.
via: ShutterstockOriginally called a Gramophone Award, the ceremony began in 1959, making this year's ceremony the 61st.
The Grammy Awards are part of a wider group of American performance honors.
While the Grammy awards are designed to celebrate musical achievement, they're popular for another reason.Like all awards ceremonies, the Grammys represent a great opportunity to get a peek of all the year's biggest stars. People's red carpet looks are always exciting to see.
And this year certainly didn't disappoint.
via: Getty ImagesHere's singer and actress Ashlee Simpson looking absolutely amazing in a flapper-inspired beaded and feathered silver pant suit.
People certainly take the opportunity to make a splash.
via: Getty ImagesHere's singer and songwriter Tayla Parks in an amazing outfit reminiscent of pink confetti. We particularly love the choice of Converse sneakers.
It's a night where all the stars are looking their best.Speculating on who rocked the best looks, and who missed the mark, is the sort of celebrity news we live for.
But not everyone is simply dressing up.
Villa is no stranger to an attention grabbing red carpet look.
via: Getty ImagesHere she is showing up to the 2015 Grammy Awards in a gown made of orange plastic netting, showing off pretty much her entire naked body.
But over the years, Villa's Grammy looks have become more overtly controversial.
via: Getty ImagesHere she is in a religious looking outfit at the 2017 Grammy Award ceremony. It seems she's set on looking as eye-catching as possible, for good or for ill.
This dress was actually part of a greater "big reveal."
via: Getty ImagesVilla's 2017 Grammy gown pulled away to show off a Trump campaign adorned dress underneath. As you can see, Villa is no stranger to an unnecessarily political red carpet look.
This year was no exception.
But as she posed for the paparazzi, Villa had a big reveal.
The back of the dress was emblazoned with a slogan.
Here's a look at the outfit in all its "glory."
via: Getty ImagesVilla also went with a horrifically spiky fence-inspired headdress to really hammer her point home. The creepiest accessory, though, was her wide, happy grin.
The dress was designed in support of Trump's border wall.The controversial policy was one of the main messages in Trump's electoral campaign, and the majority believe it has a racist ideology behind it.
On top of that, the wall has been a major point of contention in the government.The refusal to grant Trump the necessary funds to build his wall led to him implementing a government shutdown, which lasted for over a month.
All of this just makes Villa's choice of dress seem all the more idiotic.Whether she truly believes in the policy or not, and whatever her reasons for her beliefs, the Grammy Awards red carpet is hardly the place to display these thoughts. The incredibly violent imagery the dress conjures up could be seen as highly upsetting.
Twitter wasn't having any of it.
Musician Joy Villa shows up to the #Grammys each year in pro-Trump attire. Some call it a PR stunt. She calls it be… https://t.co/fJT6Tk0JeS— Zulekha Nathoo (@Zulekha Nathoo)1549838854.0
Here's her look from 2018's Grammy Awards.
via: Getty ImagesIf you can't make it out, that's a fetus print on her gown. She also carried a pro-life emblazoned handbag and her signature disconcerting smile.
It certainly looks like a big push for publicity.After all - who has actually heard of Joy Villa in terms of music? Many people on the internet took on a similarly skeptical view.
In fact, some questioned exactly what Villa is famous for.
Some D-list assclown is wearing a build the wall dress to the #grammys— Yung Oat Milk (@Yung Oat Milk)1549841587.0
Some pointed out that provoking a reaction is likely all that Villa was hoping to achieve.
Build the wall lady just wants attention just like she did in previous years and for the love of God stop giving it… https://t.co/7PHATivicQ— thank you (@thank you)1549842663.0
Either way, the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative.Those who stand in opposition to her fashion choices even managed to make a quick edit to her Wikipedia page, before it was quickly removed.
There was another overwhelming reaction to Villa's dress though.And that reaction was "...who?" It seems almost nobody has even heard of the "singer" - which makes it a little weird that she was invited to one of the biggest award ceremonies of the year.
In spite of the internet's vitriol, Villa has doubled down on her stance.
I don’t care what anyone thinks. I 100% support the wall & our President @realDonaldTrump. Do you want more drugs b… https://t.co/t53hfNOpKP— Joy Villa (@Joy Villa)1549848290.0
Villa wasn't the only "celebrity" wearing a controversial outfit.
via: Getty ImagesSinger Ricky Rebel wore a Trump-supporting jacket on the red carpet. He stated, "“A radical murdered 49 LGBT in cold blood at Pulse Nightclub. That could have been me, my family, and friends there. I voted for the person who wanted to heavily vet refugees. The other candidate wanted a 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees. It only takes one."
Villa is absolutely insistent she wore the outfit for genuine reasons.She told the Hollywood Reporter, "I was a secret Trumper for months. When I decided to wear the Trump dress, I figured that most people would try to ignore me, they'd be so upset. But the rebel in me was like, 'I have to come out and support the president.'"
Since the ceremony, she has continued to speak out on Twitter.
Dear @realDonaldTrump... AMERICA SUPPORTS THE WALL! I support all you have done for Black and Latino Americans. Tha… https://t.co/Sa0LboqpoE— Joy Villa (@Joy Villa)1549842736.0
Although we think this Tweet really hits the nail on the head.
Just a thought... If Joy Villa had more singing talent then she wouldn’t need attention each year but posing in racist dresses.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1549884892.0