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The Met Pulls Membership Privileges at Savage Beauty

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DNAinfo follows up on the news that the Met has stopped allowing members to skip the gargantuan lines outside the Alexander McQueen exhibit, which has proven wildly popular in advance of its closing this Sunday. The museum abruptly stopped honoring membership privileges on Thursday. Initially, security guards only turned away people with temporary membership cards—the kind you get when you sign up while waiting to get into the show. But by today, staffers were refusing to let any members jump the line. The Met has also tossed its audio tour, presumably because it causes hold-ups inside the packed exhibit.

Chaos inside the exhibit via @vmagazine/Twitpic

Needless to say, members aren't happy. DNAinfo talked to a new mother who'd left her baby home for the first time to see the exhibit, and who said she would have arranged child care differently if she'd known how long she was going to have to wait. Non-members aren't pleased, either. "It is incredibly frustrating and really disappointing and totally unfair at the end of the day," said 27-year-old Australian graphic designer who had been looking forward to the audio tour.

From DNAinfo's report, it sounds like the scene outside the Met right now resembles Clothingline on the first day of a Tory Burch sale. It's crowded, it's chaotic, and once in a while, a fight breaks out.
· Met Stops Allowing Members to Skip Alexander McQueen Line [DNAinfo]
· Five Tips for Surviving the Epic Savage Beauty Line [Racked NY]
· Going to Savage Beauty This Week? Good Luck With That. [Racked NY]

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