Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Trump’s First State Dinner: No Movie Stars, Artists, Performers, or Media Stars or Famous Chefs to Greet French President


I’ll bet right about now, French president Macron and his wife are wondering why they came to the White House. It wasn’t to meet Donald and Melania.

The Macrons were thinking they were guests of honor at a White House state dinner, the kind thrown by the Obamas or the Clintons or even the Bushes. Emmanuel Macron thought he’d be sitting next to Shirley MacLaine or Jessica Chastain. Mrs. Macron envisioned George Clooney or maybe Robert Redford.

Maybe Sting would be performing, or Aretha Franklin.

Instead, the Macrons didn’t meet one movie or pop star tonight. No one from Hollywood came, no one from TV or the media except maybe Rupert Murdoch. No Diane Sawyer, no Oprah, no Tom Brokaw.

There were no painters, sculptors, artists, musicians of any ilk. America, the country that exports its culture around the world, couldn’t turn up one member of even the literary world to meet the Macrons. There wasn’t even a famous French chef from America, even with all the cooking shows.

No, the state dinner tonight comprised a guest list of Republican senators and congressmen, dry dignitaries, no one the Macrons could even gossip about in Paris.

What? No Ted Nugent? No Scott Baio? What about Trump’s “good friend” Sylvester Stallone, who told him–l0l–about the boxer Jack Johnson?

Apparently, everyone was busy. Tuesday night, you know. Even Roseanne Barr was tied up. And Kanye West? They’re running around the Kardashian home right now with a big fish net and a tranquilizer gun.

“I thought we’d at least get to meet Ivana or Marla,” said Mrs. Macron to no one, because I made it up. Maybe.

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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