‘These Celebrities Are Out of Their Mind’

Former NBA megastar and TNT basketball analyst Shaquille O’Neal has always stood out in the world of celebrities and beloved athletes, and not just because he’s over 7 feet tall.

In the mid-1990s, my family couldn’t, or wouldn’t, buy me the latest pair of Michael Jordan’s expensive Air Jordan shoes from Nike. My mother said O’Neal’s much more affordable Shaq Attaq shoe from Reebok would be sufficient.

Turns out, Mom was right. I wore them with pride.

Shaq has always had an underlying quality of humility and charm to accompany his on-the-court greatness. Since retiring from the game in 2011, he’s become a cultural phenomenon, a top basketball commentator and the face of numerous products that I might consider buying, thanks to the spokesman.

But don’t you dare call the four-time NBA champ a “celebrity.”

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O’Neal despises celebrity culture, he told the New York Post this week. The Post reported after speaking with O’Neal that if there is one piece of his long legacy he hopes will endure, it is that he has tried to be kind and not a loudmouth star.

He also had some harsh words for the people mainstream culture touts as being normal.

“These celebrities are going freaking crazy and I don’t want to be one,” he said, apparently coming to the same conclusion as so many normal, everyday people about our morally bankrupt culture and those who influence it.

“I don’t want to be in that category. Celebrities are crazy, they really are. Don’t call me that anymore,” O’Neal said. “These people are out of their freaking mind with how they treat people, what they do, what they say.”

Do you agree with Shaq about celebrity culture?

“That’s never been me. I never want to be looked at like that,” he said.

“I denounce my celebrity-ness today. I’m done with it,” O’Neal added while discussing a new venture with Kellogg’s to give up to 60,000 kids across the country sports equipment, playing venues and uniforms so they can have their own shot at athletic success.

The former Lakers star said he sees himself as a “regular person.”

“All my life, everyone probably gets stereotyped, but us celebrities, we get stereotyped because most of these celebrities are out of their mind,” he said. “I don’t do that. I’m a regular person that listened, followed his dreams and made it.”

O’Neal also said he’s still in touch with his roots. Raised in the most humbling of settings before spending decades in the spotlight, somehow, he still gets it.

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“I came from nothing … but, just because I made it doesn’t mean I’m bigger than you, smarter than you — just because I have more money doesn’t mean I’m better than you,” he said, according to the Post. “I’ve never been that way and I never will be that way. So I don’t want to be in that category of people.”

This isn’t the first time this year that the big man has come out swinging against elitism. In June, he appeared to challenge “woke” Lakers star LeBron James, who had complained about the supposedly grueling NBA schedule despite earning a whopping $39 million to play a game last year.

“When you’re living in a world where people, 40 million people have been laid off and I’m making $200 million, you won’t get no complaining from me,” O’Neal told CNBC.

“If I gotta play back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back, and I’m making all that money, I just gotta do what the job entitles me to do,” he said.

Hopefully, O’Neal’s denunciation of the culture of pampered fame doesn’t mean we will be seeing less of him.

I’m, for one, am not ready to open up social media or turn on the TV and not see the NBA legend. Our toxic culture needs more people like the big man whose heart and determination to win and treat others with respect always meant more than his free throw shooting percentage.

Out of nostalgia, I’m half-tempted right now to start searching Mom’s attic for those 1995 Shaq Attaq shoes.



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Finally! Celebrities Taking the Fight to Covid with Open Letter

Decades hence, historians laboring to make sense of the Covid years will undoubtedly ask why it took 18 months to deploy our most powerful weapon against the virus — the open celebrity letter. How many lives would have been saved if, in the early weeks of the pandemic, authorities had tapped the intellect of Anne Hathaway or the insights of Peter Dinklage?

Indeed. But better late than never. According to the New York Post, “Seventy entertainers signed an open letter to world leaders in a plea to help stymie the spread of the coronavirus.” 

Published September 21, to coincide with the UN General Assembly, “The memo asks leaders to provide vaccines for 70% of the world’s population by 2022. It also requests resources for countries with lower capital, more support for health care workers as well as a vested interest in public education.”

Finally! Who but the likes of Eva Longoria could realize that “None of us are safe until all of us are safe” from a disease that is “now a man-made pandemic of apathy.” It takes stars like Julianna Margulies and Ciara to dream so big that they aim to “end COVID-19 everywhere.”

We’re sure that, outside of the Met Gala and the Emmys, and the odd dinner at The French Laundry, these celebrities are acting locally. And they are definitely thinking globally. They want “7 billion vaccine doses available before the end of 2021, and an additional 7 billion doses by mid-2022 to fully vaccinate 70% of the world by next summer.”

And they’ve thought this through:

To get this done, the world community must also invest in last-mile delivery systems, public education and frontline health care workers to get vaccines from tarmacs into arms. Millions of doses could go to waste because low-income countries don’t have the support they need to get vaccines to vulnerable people.

The upshot is that “We can save millions of lives — and trillions in further economic damage.” 

World leaders have been put on notice. They can’t plead ignorance or indecision; celebrities have told them how to defeat Covid-19. And if they don’t act, celebrities know exactly how to punish them. That’s right, they’ll sing “Imagine.”



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Look At All The Elderly Celebrities Dressing Like 20-Year-Olds

Madonna made headlines recently at the latest MTV Video Music Awards when she stepped out on stage wearing little more than a black bustier top and fishnet stockings.

Did we mention that the singer is 63-years-old? The outfit, which was black leather, low-cut, minus a skirt with black high heels, might have possibly looked acceptable on a supermodel or star that was in her early 20s, but definitely not over the age of 50! (RELATED: ‘Absolutely No Way That’s Her Real Bottom’: Megyn Kelly Says Madonna Appeared At VMAs With ‘Fake’ A**)

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(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)

What other elderly celebrities are still dressing like they are twenty-something?

For this story, all the stars are at least 60 years of age or older. So, we don’t think we are being unfair here when we name people like the “Material Girl” hitmaker, Cher, Steven Tyler, Janice Dickenson and more. (RELATED: ‘He Stops At Nothing’ — Cher Urges Nancy Pelosi To Let Trump ‘Have His Fkng Money’)

We did the work and found the looks these stars have worn on the red carpet at various events that they absolutely, in our opinion, shouldn’t be wearing at their age. (RELATED: Megan Fox Hits Red Carpet In Totally See-Through Dress At MTV VMAs)

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In September 2010, 75-year-old singer Cher stepped out at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a sheer black number with cutouts throughout. She topped off the look with a black leather jacket and black high heel boots.

Singer Cher performs onstage during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

A few years later, the actress showed up to perform at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in a sheer sparkling number that left little to the imagination.

Actress/singer Cher performs onstage during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Superstar Steven Tyler has been rocking the charts with his band Aerosmith since the mid-70’s. And while we love his music, some of his fashion choices in recent years have helped land him on our list.

In January 2020, the 73-year-old rocker arrived at his Third Annual Grammy Awards Viewing Party wearing no shirt, with a very bright pattern jacket, pants and jewelry.

(Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Janie's Fund)

(Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Janie’s Fund)

In 2011, the frontman for the popular band performed during the Country Music Awards in a semi-sheer white top, white skinny jeans and a white jacket.

Singer Steven Tyler performs during the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A few years later, the superstar stepped out at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2015 wearing a white top, jacket and print pants that really only a 20-year-old could pull off.

Musician Steven Tyler of Aerosmith attends the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Janice Dickenson, a 66-year-old TV personality and former model, doesn’t let her age stop her from showing up on the red carpet in questionable looks.

In 2016, the model showed up at the Courtney Allegra VIP store opening and fashion show in a black and silver beaded minidress and black sandals.

Model Janice Dickinson attends the Courtney Allegra VIP store opening and fashion show on August 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)

(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)

Several years later, the star hit the red carpet at the 2019 American Icon Awards in a low-cut metallic gold dress and silver heels.

Janice Dickinson attends the American Icon Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

(Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

The head of the Kardashian-Jenner family, Kris Jenner often hits the red carpet in looks best saved for a younger star.

One that stands out is when Kris Jenner showed up to the Good American Launch Event in 2016 wearing a black top and black jeans with cuts across the entire top of the pants.

 Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian attend Khloe Kardashian Good American Launch Event at Nordstrom at the Grove on October 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Later, the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star stepped out at the 26th annual Race to Erase MS event in 2019 wearing a black and yellow polka dot babydoll dress with sheer sleeves.

Kris Jenner attends the 26th annual Race to Erase MS on May 10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Race To Erase MS)

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Race To Erase MS)

Spanish-American actress Charo has spent her entire career wearing sparkling and revealing numbers, and her age hasn’t changed that. In 2019, she showed up on the red carpet at the People En Español’s “Most Beautiful” Celebration in a low-cut teal sparkling minidress and high heels.

Charo attends People En Español's

(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

A year earlier, the 70-year-old star took the stage at the 8th Annual Streamy Awards in a metallic gold low-cut mini and high heels.

Charo reacts onstage during The 8th Annual Streamy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Streamy Awards)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Streamy Awards)

This list would not be complete without noting 71-year-old reality star Caitlyn Jenner’s looks at various events during recent years.

In 2018, Jenner attended the launch of the Saks IT List Townhouse wearing a black, white and gold print mini dress with black high heels.

Caitlyn Jenner attends the launch of the Saks IT List Townhouse hosted by Glenda Bailey and Katie Holmes in partnership with American Express and Harper's BAZAAR on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Harper’s Bazaar)

In 2016, the reality star showed up to an L.A. LIVE Event in a form-fitted black mini dress with a print that had red lips smoking.

TV personality Caitlyn Jenner attends the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection during MADE LA at L.A. LIVE Event Deck on June 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jenner topped off the look with loose hair, black socks and black heels.

To say all of these looks from elder celebrities were eyebrow-raising would be putting it mildly.



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In response to lack of masks at the Emmys, LA County Department of Public Health says its indoor mask mandate does not apply to film, TV, music productions

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a statement saying that while mask-wearing is mandatory indoors, there is an exception for film, TV, and music productions, and the Emmys represent a television production.

Celebrities could be seen unmasked at the 73rd Emmy Awards on Sunday.

But the LA County Department of Public Health website plainly states that people must wear masks at indoor public settings, regardless of their vaccination status.

TheBlaze reached out to the department for a comment about the lack of masks at the Emmys despite the indoor mask-wearing requirement. Here is the department’s response:

LA County’s Health Officer order requires everyone to wear a mask indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. However, exceptions are made for film, television, and music productions, as additional safety modifications are made for these controlled interactions. The Emmy Award Show is a television production, and persons appearing on the show are considered performers. All persons appearing on or in the audience of the Emmy Award Show were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Also, Public Health was informed that each of these persons had a verified negative PCR test 48 hours prior to the show. In addition, production crew, pursuant to CalOSHA requirements, were required to be fully vaccinated or are testing (either PCR or antigen) twice per week.

The Emmys reached out to Public Health in advance to share their safety protocols, which exceeded the baseline requirements for television and film productions. Careful planning before large events is essential to assure that all health and safety requirements are adequately addressed. Full vaccination of all attendees is one of the most powerful ways to achieve a safe environment. Testing of event participants and crew and optimizing ventilation are additional powerful tools. Public Health will continue review the protocols of future large television production events and prescribe additional safety modifications to mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission.

During the event Sunday, actor Seth Rogen commented about the manner in which the program was being held.

“Let me start by saying there is way too many of us in this little room. What are we doing? They said this was outdoors. It’s not. They lied to us. We’re in a hermetically sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this. Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight,” Rogen said.

Emmys.com website states that “The 73rd Emmy Awards will be held in a fully air-conditioned tent on The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE, directly behind the Microsoft Theater.”


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Celebrities at the Emmys didn’t need to mask because it was a TV production – HotAir

You can understand why certain special exceptions to COVID precautions would be made for film and television. Do you want to watch a Marvel movie, or some 19th-century period drama, in which all of the characters are wearing masks for no narrative reason?

It would pull you out of the universe the movie’s asking you to inhabit and force you back into this one. And who wants to be reminded of this universe when they’re enjoying some Hollywood escapism?

But the Emmys aren’t a drama. There’s no suspension of disbelief required to enjoy the show. It’s an awards ceremony. And much has been made throughout the pandemic of public influencers needing to take care to model proper precautions for impressionable Americans who are watching them closely. Trump took a beating in the press last year for not wearing his mask more often. Biden was criticized by conservative media earlier this year when he continued to wear a mask outdoors on some occasions despite the CDC saying it’s unnecessary for vaccinated people.

So why should a live televised celebrity gala be exempt from COVID rules just because it’s televised? We want Americans masking in the age of Delta, don’t we? An obvious way to try to encourage them (even though I doubt it’d do much to move opinion) is to have the rich and famous mask when they gather.

Oliver Darcy of CNN asked L.A. County health officials if attendees at the Emmys broke the rules last night. Nope, he was told:

How do you issue a statement like that without addressing Seth Rogen’s claim that organizers told guests the event would be held outdoors? It could be that he was lying as part of a joke but I didn’t get that sense. If he’s telling the truth then the organizers pulled a bait-and-switch on guests, increasing their risk of infection.

And if the answer is that it was too hot to hold an open-air event in L.A. in late September, they could have moved the show to later this year when temperatures for a true outdoor production would have been more accommodating. Why didn’t they?

The basic logic of the county’s statement is sound. If everyone’s vaccinated and has tested negative in the last day or two, you’re cutting the odds of a superspreader event dramatically. If an event’s organizers are willing to go to those lengths to ensure the safety of guests, I’m fine with making masks optional. That’s what it means to regain a bit of normalcy safely in the new reality of endemic COVID.

But there’s no reason why a live event that doesn’t involve any dramatic performances should be exempt because it’s on TV and therefore the attendees are “performers.” All mass gatherings should be given an exemption from mask mandates if they adopt a vax+test regimen instead. The fact that “performers” enjoy a special privilege makes me suspect that the entertainment industry used its financial and lobbyist muscle over California politicians to get a carve-out.

The only valid reason I can think of for limiting what kind of gatherings are allowed to use vax+test in lieu of masking is that it might create an administrative burden for the state. I don’t know how California officials verified that attendees at the Emmys were vaccinated and tested but between liability exposure, insurance requirements, and existing state oversight of the industry, the organizers had good reasons to enforce the rules. Whereas if California opened up vax+test to everyone, suddenly every wedding in the state would take advantage and tell guests that they can leave their masks at home. How would the state go about ensuring that those weddings really are requiring all guests to be vaccinated and tested?

Then again, how is the state enforcing the current regime in which masks are technically required at gatherings like weddings? Are California cops barging into churches while the bride and groom exchange vows and scanning the pews to make sure they can’t see any mouths or noses? Everyone’s on the honor system with mask mandates.

Exit question: Is there a “COVID caste system” in America?





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China’s Zhao Wei spotted after gov’t erased her from web

One of China’s biggest movie stars who was mysteriously scrubbed from the internet last month has now surfaced back in her hometown.

Zhao Wei was spotted by fans at a mobile services provider store in Wuhu in eastern China on Tuesday, according to photos being widely shared online.

The 45-year-old, who is one of the country’s wealthiest and most beloved actresses, posed for photos with some fans.

It marks the first time Zhao has been spotted out in public since she was erased from the internet by the Chinese government on Aug. 26.

Beijing has refused to explain her sudden disappearance.

But it came amid a wider crackdown by the Community Party on the entertainment industry – or what it called “chaotic” celebrity fan culture.

On Tuesday, Zhao Wei was spotted at a mobile services provider by residents in her hometown of Wuhu.
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Chinese video platforms have taken down films or TV shows that Zhao starred in or directed, citing “relevant laws and regulations”.

Her name has also been scrubbed from online casting lists.

Zhao Wei was spotted at a mobile services provider.
Zhao Wei is the latest celebrity to be targeted by the government, although it is not clear what she may have done.
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In addition to acting, Zhao has directed a number of award-winning films and gained a huge social media following with 86 million fans on Chinese social media site Weibo throughout her career.

Her online disappearance has sparked fears that other celebrities will be inclined to embrace the Community Party’s regime.

It is unclear what, if anything, Zhao did that could have resulted in the government targeting her.

Zhao is just the latest Chinese celebrity or high-powered figure to be targeted by the government.

14 BLADES, (aka GAM YEE WAI, aka JIN YI WEI), Wei Zhao, 2010.
Zhao Wei is one of China’s wealthiest and most beloved actresses.
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Actress Zheng Shuang became embroiled in a surrogacy controversy back in January. Soon after, Shanghai tax authorities started investigating her and then fined her 299 million yuan last month for tax evasion.

And entrepreneur Weihong “Whitney” Duan, who was once the poster woman for the Chinese dream, simply vanished on Sept. 5, 2017.

Her ex-husband Desmond Shum, who is living in exile in Great Britain with their son, now 13, has written a book about her disappearance called ‘Red Roulette: An insider’s story of wealth, power, corruption, and vengeance in today’s China’.

Shum still doesn’t know whether Whitney is languishing in one of the Party’s “black jails” or if she was secretly executed. 



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Celebrities at the 2021 Met Gala ripped for not wearing masks during swanky fete while the ‘help’ was forced to cover up: ‘COVID rules are for serfs, not celebrities’

Social media expressed collective outrage over Monday’s 2021 Met Gala after A-list celebrities were pictured en masse without masks while other, lesser-known entertainers and employees were forced to cover up their faces for the super-elite event.

2020’s Met Gala was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

What are the details?

Celebrities and politicians — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — took to the crowded NYC event’s red carpet without masks on Monday night.

Conservative media maven Megyn Kelly
tweeted about the event — and Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance — and wrote, “A pathetic self-aggrandizing hypocrite. Meanwhile our kids are muzzled & six feet apart all day long while trying to learn but she & these other ‘Rules for Thee but Not for Me’ pols can parade around maskless & in top of each other at the Met Gala bc, SCIENCE.”

Professor and Dr. Howard Forman
added, “Notion that you don’t need to be masked at the #MetGala because everyone is vaccinated flies in the face of every public health proclamation of past 2 months. This ‘let them eat cake’ cartoon would be funny if not compounded by the ‘tax the rich’ subtitle.”

The Daily Wire’s Megan Basham
added, “How can you tell the elite from the peasants? The peasants have to wear masks.” Her remark was in reference to Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), who was pictured indoors without a mask while standing in front of a long row of gala staffers — all of whom were masked.

The outlet reported that celebrities were required to wear masks indoors, but not on the outdoor red carpet. The Met Gala’s policy also reportedly stated that all attendees be fully vaccinated and provide proof of a negative PCR test the day before the event. Attendees were also reportedly required to wear masks while indoors except when eating or drinking.

New York City itself also requires proof of vaccination to access all public indoor spaces, including museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art — home of the Met Gala.

What else is being said about this?

In a lengthy essay for the Spectator, journalist Karol Markowicz wrote, “COVID rules are for serfs, not celebrities.”

She began, “Amid the ridiculous outfits at the Met Gala last night, between the faux-socialist in her absurd ‘Tax the Rich’ dress and whatever that was that Kim Kardashian was attempting, stood a row of servants, masked. The celebrities, of course, were not. If there’s one thing we have collectively learned during the 18 months of this pandemic is that the rules don’t apply to the rich and famous.”

“Vice President Kamala Harris’s ‘model’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff posed for pictures at the Met Gala with a mask on, then took it off,” she continued. “Her sequin mask, of course, offered little protection from COVID anyway but it continues to be galling that the rest of us have to engage in COVID safety theater while the rich and famous don’t even need to go through the motions.”

Noting that those in attendance at Monday night’s event largely are “denizens of the American left,” excuses were made for their behavior, which was swept under the rug.

National Review’s Charles W. Cooke added that per New York City local mandates, all people ages 12 and older are required to show proof that they have received “at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine” if they work in — or want to enter — public places such as movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums, aquariums, zoos, sports arenas, and more.

“This new requirement — called the Key to NYC — also means staff at these locations must be vaccinated,” Cooke wrote. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a museum. Why, then, did the staff have to wear masks while the celebrities did not? It can’t be because, unlike the celebrities, the staff were unvaccinated. And it can’t be because, even though everyone was vaccinated, there’s still a risk of transmission and infection, because that risk would apply equally to the celebrities as it would to the staff.”

He added, “Is the science different for famous people, perhaps?”

Others noted that the mayor’s executive order did, by its terms, exempt celebrities who are performing:





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Met Gala 2021: Best Dressed Celebrities Red Carpet Fashion Photos

The long-delayed Met Gala finally returned last night, and the fashion did not disappoint.

The long-postponed Met Gala returned last night as the most stylish A-listers descended upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the biggest night in fashion. This year’s Met Gala was delayed (and scaled-down) due to the coronavirus pandemic, and those who managed to score a coveted invite to the exclusive event were required to wear masks indoors (unless eating or drinking from the plant-based menu), and also had to provide proof of full vaccination beforehand.

Even though the 2021 Met Gala took place on the second Monday in September instead of the first Monday in May, it still possessed the same glamour and intrigue of its predecessors, as attendees dressed to impress for this year’s theme, which is all about American fashion. The official dress code listed on the invitation was “American Independence,” which coincides with the new Costume Institute exhibit, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

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While this year’s Met Gala looked a bit different from in the past, the fashion did not disappoint, as guests brought their sartorial A-game to the red carpet. Below, see the best, most talked-about looks from the 2021 Met Gala, from Lil Nas X’s triple outfit change and Kim Kardashian’s incognito Balenciaga to Rihanna’s fashionably late arrival and Billie Eilish’s dreamy Oscar de la Renta gown.

Amanda Gorman.

Amanda Gorman in Vera Wang.

Ella Emhoff.

Ella Emhoff in Adidas by Stella McCartney.

Grimes.

Grimes in Iris van Herpen.

Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in a custom gown.

Timothée Chalamet.

Timothée Chalamet in Haider Ackermann.

Maisie Williams.

Maisie Williams in Thom Browne.

Billie Eilish.

Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta.

Naomi Osaka.

Naomi Osaka in Louis Vuitton.

Lorde.

Lorde in Bode.

Evan Mock.

Evan Mock in Thom Browne.

Lil Nas X.

Lil Nas X in Versace.

Megan Fox.

Megan Fox in Dundas.

Simone Biles.

Simone Biles in Area.

Jennifer Lopez.

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph Lauren.

Frank Ocean.

Frank Ocean in Prada.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber.

Justin Bieber in Drew House and Hailey Bieber in Saint Laurent.

Kristin Stewart.

Kristin Stewart in Chanel.

Emily Blunt.

Emily Blunt in Miu Miu.

Dan Levy.

Dan Levy in Loewe and Cartier.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky.

Rihanna in Balenciaga and A$AP Rocky in Eli Russell Linnetz.

Olivia Rodrigo.

Olivia Rodrigo in Saint Laurent.

Kendall Jenner.

Kendall Jenner in Givenchy.

Karlie Kloss.

Karlie Kloss in Carolina Herrera.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Brother Vellies by Aurora James.

Gigi Hadid.

Gigi Hadid in Prada.

Nia Dennis.

Nia Dennis in Adidas by Stella McCartney.

Cara Delevingne.

Cara Delevingne in Dior.

Emma Raducanu.

Emma Raducanu in Chanel.

Kaia Gerber.

Kaia Gerber in Oscar de la Renta.

Iman.

Iman in Harris Reed.

Irina Shayk and Jeremy Scott.

Irina Shayk and Jeremy Scott both in Moschino.

Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys in AZ Factory.

Emily Ratajkowski.

Emily Ratajkowski in Vera Wang.

Serena Williams.

Serena Williams in Gucci.

Jennifer Hudson.

Jennifer Hudson in AZ Factory.

Lily-Rose Depp.

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel.

Saweetie.

Saweetie in Christian Cowan.

All the Most Fashionable and Talked-About Looks From the 2021 Met Gala



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Met Gala 2021: Hotels Where Celebrities Get Ready & Stay in New York

The Met Gala is mere hours away, and those who scored an invite are already preparing for the evening at the most luxurious hotels in New York.

The Met Gala is mere hours away, which means those lucky enough to score an invite to quite possibly the most exclusive fashion event of the year are currently busy prepping for the big night. This year’s theme is all about American fashion, and while the attendees won’t descend upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their sartorial best until later this evening, putting together a Met Gala-worthy look takes time, so many of the guests are already holed up in their hotel rooms, in the midst of full glam and other preparations for the special event.

So, where do celebrities get ready for the biggest night in fashion? Well, a dreamy hotel suite is often the dressing room of choice for many Met Gala attendees. While there’s no shortage of luxe hotels in New York, year after year, celebs tend to flock to the same few glitzy locales, which are often located mere blocks away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Below, see the top hotels where Met Gala attendees prep for the Costume Institute Gala.

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Kim Kardashian is among the many celebs who often opt to get ready at the Mark Hotel.

The Mark Hotel has long been a favorite of fashion’s elite; Met Gala attendees often flock to the Upper East Side haunt to prep for the big night, including Kim Kardashian, Irina Shayk, Selena Gomez, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Margot Robbie and Janelle Monae. The biggest stamp of approval surely comes from Anna Wintour herself, as over the past few years the Met Gala chairwoman has chosen to book a large suite at the Mark, a member of Preferred Hotels, to get ready for the evening. You can’t go wrong with any of the 152 rooms at the 77th Street hotel, but there’s no denying that a certain $75,000-a-night five-bedroom penthouse suite stands above the rest, and also happens to be Duchess-approved.

Rihanna leaving the Carlyle Hotel before the 2017 Met Gala.

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, is just a block away from the Mark, and is another go-to for the Met Gala. Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Priyanka Chopra, Cardi B and Diane von Furstenberg are just a few of the Met Gala attendees that have previously chosen to get ready at the Carlyle, and while the celeb-adored hotel has many plush attributes, its close proximity to the Met also makes it a practical option. The Carlyle first opened its doors in 1930, and its star power extends far beyond just Met Gala guests. Over the years, the timeless Upper East Side Hotel has welcomed guests including John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana, Prince William, Kate Middleton and George Clooney.

The Surrey is another Upper East Side hotel that’s situated just a few streets away from the Met. The Surrey is the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in New York; it’s a more low-key and quiet alternative to its flashier neighbors, though it’s still just as luxurious. Ashley Graham, Serena Williams, Hailey Bieber, Celine Dion and Emily Ratajkowski have all gotten ready for the Met Gala at the Surrey in the past, but don’t expect to see any attendees prepping at the hotel this year, as it’s currently undergoing a major renovation, and is set to reopen in 2023.

Emily Blunt’s gold ensemble perfectly coordinated with the Pierre’s aesthetic.

The opulent Pierre, a Taj Hotel, is located a touch further downtown, on 61st Street right off of Fifth Avenue, and its ornate exterior happens to provide a very chic backdrop for any celeb departure and arrival photos. Emily Blunt, Gigi Hadid, Tiffany Haddish, Cole Sprouse, Kate Bosworth, Zoe Saldana, Michael B. Jordan and Lili Reinhart are just a few of celebs who have gotten ready for the Met Gala at this plush hotel.

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China bans effeminate men on TV, discourages ‘vulgar Internet celebrities,’ wants ‘revolutionary culture’ promoted

In the wake of forbidding children under the age of 18 to play video games for more than three hours a week, China’s communist government has now banned effeminate men on television, discouraged “vulgar internet celebrities,” and instead wants the country’s “revolutionary culture” promoted, National Public Radio reported.

What are the details?

NPR said Chinese broadcasters were told to “resolutely put an end to sissy men” — an insulting slang term for effeminate men (niang pao, or literally, “girlie guns”) — as well as “other abnormal esthetics.”

There is concern that Chinese pop stars who are “influenced by the sleek, girlish look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, are failing to encourage China’s young men to be masculine enough,” the outlet added.

It’s all part of an eight-point plan introduced Thursday by China’s National Radio and Television Administration that calls for “further regulation of arts and entertainment shows and related personnel,” Variety reported.

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Announcing the measures, the Communist Party of China‘s propaganda department accused some in the entertainment industry of bad influence on the young and of “severely polluting the social atmosphere.”

One of the eight sections to one one “boycotting being overly entertaining” explained a need to put more emphasis on “traditional Chinese culture, revolution culture and socialist culture.” It said that authorities will establish a “correct beauty standard,” and boycott vulgar internet celebrities.

It also called for Chinese media to spread more positive values, and for trade associations in the television and internet entertainment sectors to provide more training and self-discipline.

NPR added that President Xi Jinping wants a “national rejuvenation” that includes tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture, and religion.

What else is out?

The outlet noted that Chinese broadcasters have been instructed to avoid promoting “vulgar internet celebrities” as well as admiration of wealth and celebrity.

Performers who “violate public order” or have “lost morality” also are on the outs, as well as programs about the children of celebrities and “idol audition shows,” Variety said.

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China’s LGBTQ community may also feel deeply uneasy. While homosexuality is no longer classified as a mental illness in China and was decriminalized in 1997, same sex relations remain mostly taboo.

Gay entertainment content has remained in a gray zone, and foreign films with gay themes such as “Call Me By Your Name,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” have been heavily censored or removed from screens.

Earlier this year the dominant messaging app Weixin/WeChat erased all past content of the accounts for the campus LGBTQ groups of China’s top universities.





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