Insiders Think That The Met Gala Is No Longer “Cool” Because The Guest List Is Full Of Influencers
Page Six says there’s drama brewing in the ultra-rich, ultra-famous crowd. The annual Met Gala run by the firm, icy grasp of Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, has always been a huge display of glamour and decadence, and scoring an invite was pretty much like Charlie Bucket finding a golden ticket in a chocolate bar. But no longer! Now it’s like showing up at a local Denny’s after the club B.C. (Before Coronavirus) because everybody’s invited! At least that’s how some A-listers feel after influencers began getting invites left and right. Let’s go back to the prestigious days of the Met Gala when true stars like the Kardashians lit up the carpet (/sarcasm).
This year’s Met Gala will be held on September 13–a change from its usual day on the first Monday in May. Of course, this change was COVID-related after last year’s show was full-on canceled. More changes include the guest list, which sources say went from 600 to 450. And apparently, too many of them are peasants–AKA, overpaid influencers.
This year’s theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and focuses on young talent. All of the co-hosts are 25 and under including Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, and poet Amanda Gorman who performed at the Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden. But those aren’t the peasants. Other rumored new invitees are 20-year-old TikToker Addison Rae and fellow 20-year-old Emma Chamberlain, who dropped out of high school to be a full-time YouTube “star.” A supposed big-time agent said to Page Six:
“I’ve been told that a lot of influencers are on the guest list… I’ve heard that Facebook and Instagram have taken so many tables, and that’s put a lot of people off going, alongside the mask mandate.”
And another A-list-adjacent source said:
“Personally, I don’t think the Met is cool anymore … It’s gone from super prestigious to [being] full of influencers.”
But another source said this is just saltiness from people who were disinvited:
“Any of the old guard who are complaining simply didn’t get invited–it’s just sour grapes.”
And another source explained that this is such a weird time and next May it will probably be back to only super super-famous people.
“I think the big actors and the big fashionistas will come next year, when it returns in May. I also don’t think a lot of people feel like dressing up in ridiculously expensive outfits and putting on a mask for this.”
Some A-list invites are Beyoncé and JLo, while regular invitees are actually skipping, like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. And Andy Cohen revealed this week that his bestie Sarah Jessica Parker may be too busy with work. Not to mention all the European designers, actors, and fashion types who may have travel restrictions. But Anna is pushing through, as sources say she is desperate not to cancel a second time since the Gala is also the actual funding for the Costume Institute and they don’t want to be broke two years in a row:
Organizers are now “hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” said the fashion source. “It’s out of everyone’s control… but if they have to cancel again, then that’s two years without any money for the Costume Institute.”
“They are staying positive. It’s one foot in front of the other and everyone is hoping things will get better and not worse.”
“It’s all about timing… I know they need the money, but I think you will definitely see a return to form next year.”
I never thought I would live to see someone say “I know they need the money” about Anna Wintour. André Leon Talley must be absolutely glowing.
Hopefully, the rich people are right and the Met Gala doesn’t remain in the cheapened state it’s alleged to have fallen into. If not I don’t know what will happen! Sarah Jessica Parker will just have to picket back and forth outside of Anna’s house in her Louboutins shouting: “Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Influencers have got to go!”