Saturday, June 22, 2024

NY: Anna Wintour’s Self Important Met Ball Postponed from May til September, and Scaled Way Down


This morning there are headlines from a press release that Anna Wintour’s self-gratifying Met Ball will really be TWO Balls!

No, it’s not.

The gala set for next month has been postponed until September. Then the regularly scheduled event for May 2022 will take place back on track.

Get a grip.

There was no Met Ball last May because of the pandemic and it’s the same this year.

The event is costly, and grotesque. As I’ve written in the past, millions are spent to make millions. That’s the idea. It’s an ego trip for Wintour, who has been so mired in controversies about race at Vogue that she’s been ladling on Black cover subjects left and right.

Wintour, in fact, has been so part of the BLM complaints at Conde Nast that her name is taken off the focus of these upcoming events. But she’s still in charge.

They’ve even gone so far as to round up two major figures from Black Hollywood so Wintour can’t be accused of anything. Franklin Leonard, the creator of the BlackList, which is about unproduced hot screenplays and has nothing to do with race will consult. Also Bradford Young, the cinematographer behind “Selma” and “When They See Us.” It’s pretty cynical on Anna’s part, but good representation nonetheless.

So, not two Met Balls. One a year, Calm down. But will Anna do now that Kim and Kanye are no longer a couple? She played them like fiddles for years.

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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