Monday, June 17, 2024

Not Cancelled: Met Ball Gala Will Go On as Planned Because COVID-19 Is Basically Afraid of Anna Wintour


The Met Ball Gala will not cancel its May 4th date. It’s going on because basically, COVID-19 is afraid of Anna Wintour and wants to come but is waiting for an invitation.

If COVID-19 doesn’t get an invite, it may come in disguise, as part of someone’s costume. Right now it’s talking to Meryl Streep and Rihanna, but has a better chance sneaking in on Lady Gaga.

Nancy Chilton, the chief external relations officer of the Costume Institute, told The Cut: “We will of course continue to keep a close eye on the situation.”

The theme of the Ball this year is “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” sponsored by Louis Vuitton. It will be interesting to see who shows up dressed as an hourglass, with the sand running out.

Will celebrities want to come to the Ball? As I said yesterday, the Kardashians will come even if they’re the only guests. They think Anna likes them.

Still waiting to hear about a variety of events. The Auto Show at the Javits Center has postponed until August. Full Frame Documentary festival has cancelled. So has the NAB TV Syndication convention in Las Vegas. Waiting for word on CinemaCon, also in Las Vegas; the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Awards, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

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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