Saturday, June 15, 2024

No Met Gala Tonight: Metropolitan Museum is Saving a Lot of Money By Not Allowing Anna Wintour’s Annual Ego Show


There’s no Met Gala tonight, aka the Met Ball. We won’t be treated to Kardashians in Halloween costumes, sweeping trains and headdresses on models, walkers for the female celebrities whose husbands are otherwise engaged.

The party is over for Anna Wintour’s annual ego fest.

No one should be happier than the folks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met Ball costs a lot to put on, like over $4 million every year. Yes, it brings attention to the museum. But if corporations just sent in checks for the amount spent on the tables, the Museum would be better off.

I’ve been writing about this for a long time. Here’s my most recent piece, from February.

Will this kind of thing really come back next year? Maybe Anna will have everyone dress up as health care workers. The Costume Institute theme will be “Florence Nightingale: The History of Nurses’s Outfits.”

PS Can’t wait for more from Andre Leon Talley’s memoir of the Wintour of his discontent. It’s already pretty juicy. Talley writes: “After decades of loyalty and friendship. Anna should have had the decency and kindness to call me or send me an e-mail saying: ‘André, I think we have had a wonderful run with your interviews, but we are going to try something new.’ I would have accepted that … I understand; nothing lasts forever. Simple human kindness. No, she is not capable.” He adds, “I wonder, when she goes home alone at night, is she miserable? Does she feel alone?”

Stay tuned…


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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