Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Washington DC Boys and Girls Clubs Having “All White Party”


Do people think about what they’re doing or saying before they do it or say it? I just received a press release from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington DC for an “All White Charity Event.” They’re honoring Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon, who is Haitian, in a city that is predominantly African American. I know they mean everyone should dress in white, but it’s badly worded and executed. Sean Puffy Combs used to have Fourth of July picnics like this but he just wrote “Dress in White.” I think he borrowed the idea from Ashford and Simpson’s great parties in Connecticut. Will there be a lot of support in Washington for an “All White Charity Event”? This reminds me: in Cannes, we noticed at the end of the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” there was a “Kosher for Passover” sign at the very end of the credits, with a list of made up rabbi’s. At the reception following, the main food was a large pig being carved around its snout.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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