Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Hamptons Political Confusion as Clintons Skip Apollo Benefit Attended by McCain and Christie


t was a confusing political night at Revlon chairman Ron Perelman’s Creeks on Saturday. The annual benefit for the Apollo Theater sent out a lot of weird signals despite great music by Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Pharrell, the Roots, and actual Apollo legend Gladys Knight.

Guests at the Apollo event were Republicans Chris Christie and John McCain, neither of whom has ever shown one iota of interest in the Apollo or its legacy or Harlem.

Not at the event was Bill Clinton or wife Hillary even though Clinton has been a long time supporter of Harlem and the Apollo. The Clintons are staying in the Hamptons, too. Hillary had a book signing in East Hampton on Saturday.

Very surprised is what Barbra Streisand must have been as she and husband James Brolin were lured to the Perelman party probably thinking they were among Clinton supporters. But Barbra doesn’t mix with the McCain or Christie worlds.

Pro-Israel advocate Streisand couldn’t have been too thrilled to see Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters at the Perelman benefit. Indeed, what could Perelman have been thinking? Waters has been railing against Israel very publicly for a couple of years now.

Also at the event: former lovers Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson. Last year the pair showed up, separately, at Larry Gagosian’s party for Clive Davis. Anjelica is getting ready to publish part two of her memoir, called “Watch Me.”

Due November 11th, the book details at length — 384 pages– Huston’s path to an Oscar for “Prizzi’s Honor” and her long complicated relationship with Nicholson.

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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