Monday, June 17, 2024

Eurotrash Studded Cannes amFAR with Cher, Demi Moore Down $1 Million fron 2023 as Sketchy Group Falters


Maybe the end of amFAR is near.

The AIDS fundraising group announced on Friday that Thursday’s annual Cannes Eurotrash gathering raised $16 million. In the next sentence, the group stated that it had raised $17 million the previous year.

Realizing what they’d admitted, amFAR then deleted the press release from its site. But the damage was done. Several outlets had already picked it up.

amFAR used to be an important organization in the fight against AIDS. But in its 30th year, plagued by scandals, the party is over. CEO Kevin Robert Frost (so pretentious that he made his name seem like the late famed poet) makes $600,000 a year even if the group’s funds are depleted. The whole staff is living it up.

Demi Moore hosted this year, and was not on the top of her game. She couldn’t get the crowd to settle down or pay attention. Cher performed, bringing her whole production along. Who paid for that? Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas were also flown in, and they sang together.

amFAR used to have a lot of movie stars in its audience, especially those who were in attendance in Cannes. But now it’s just models and crashers and Europeans who’ll pay for tickets just to be near some kind of celebrity. Nearly no one came from the actual Cannes Film Festival this year. The pictures are very revealing.

Here’s my story from last week:

Exclusive: amFAR AIDS Foundation Cut 2022 Grants to Hospitals, Patients, Researchers by 46%, But Salaries Rose, CEO Paid $600K

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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