Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Gruesome Met Ball is On for Tonight: Ticket Prices Are So High, Many Fashionists Have Dropped Out–So Has Blake Lively

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Anna Wintour’s irrelevant Met Ball is on tonight.

Ticket prices are so gruesomely high — $100,000 per table or more — that I’ve heard many fashionistas have dropped out. I mean, execs at the big companies. I know their names, but I won’t embarrass them. They don’t want to cross Anna.

The 2023 Met Ball has lot of other problems, too. For the first time, many publications are running negative stories because Wintour is saluting the memory of late designer Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld left a terrible legacy of meanness and bigotry. He’s the perfect honoree for people like Kim Kardashian but not so great for real celebrities like Blake Lively. She’s not coming.

Indeed, the Met Ball has been reduced to a level of celebrity lower than People magazine — forget Vogue. Co-host Penelope Cruz may be shocked to see who turns up– KPop stars, and so on. It’s not the Oscars.

And then there’s the cost: the Met Ball traditionally costs a fortune. So even if money is taken for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ball pulls the museum’s annual fundraising activities deep in the red.

Roger Friedman
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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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