White House Correspondents' Dinner: Do Celebrities Belong There?

Suzanne Murray
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Washington, DC, and Hollywood have a lot in common. They both attract people who like to be in the spotlight.

Let's face it: There are ways of serving the public and fulfilling your acting dreams that don't get your face plastered everywhere. You kind of have to want to be seen.

And there are other things that politicians and celebrities have in common too: Shiny cars, chauffeurs, personal chefs, expensive clothes, lovers.

But I still don't understand why these otherwise distinct groups often find themselves in the same room. Why, pray tell, are "stars" -- Pamela Anderson, Bradley Cooper, "The Desperate Housewives" -- invited to the White House Correspondents' Dinner?

For that matter, why are journalists schmoozing with any of them -- the very politicians and celebrities they're supposed to report on in an unbiased, ethical way?

"It seemed odd that I would get invited," director/producer Judd Apatow, told the Washington Post. "I'm two bad movies away from never getting invited again. So I wanted to take advantage of it while it was offered."

Celebritology surmises that Apatow's is the real reason Hollywood people show up at the dinner (despite what they may say about patriotism or their passion for arts advocacy): They got invited and thought, That's cool. Why not?

But that begs the question of why they're invited in the first place.

Sigh. I guess if I got invited, I'd go too. Just saying.

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