Saturday, July 13, 2024

Anna Wintour Sells Out the Money Losing Met Ball to the Chinese with TikTok as Main Sponsor


There are some people who want China’s social media company, TikTok, to be outlawed — at least for impressionable viewers.

Not Anna Wintour or the Metropolitan Museum. They announced today that TikTok would be sponsoring the next Met Ball in May. The meaning: What used to be a haute couture, high fashion money loser has devolved into a Halloween party available to the highest bidder.

And the celebrities involved this year guarantee a Halloween for the ages: Bad Bunny. Jennifer Lopez, Thor aka Chris Hemsworth, and “Dune” star Zendaya. (Anna Wintour must love “Dune.” Timothee Chalamet was her celeb guest from the first “Dune.”) TikTok CEO Shou Chew, often grilled by Congress over the social platform’s potential harm to children, and the creative director of excessively overpriced Loewe, will preside over the activities. Expect Kardashians, and maybe even Kanye West in a hooded jumper with his naked wife.

The theme is “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”

Notably not mentioned as sponsor is Conde Nast, over which Wintour presides. They’ve laid off hundreds of staff in the last year, and changed course several times. If they donated money to this chicanery, there would be at least some outcry from the media.

Every year the Met Ball spends lavishly, loses lots of money, but gets massive attention for its lunacy.

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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