The White House Correspondent’s dinner was initially instituted so the President could take time out of his schedule and mingle with the people who cover him everyday. Starting in 1920, 16 presidents have attended the event. In the beginning, there were singing breaks between each course, in addition to big time performing act.
Nowadays, the dinner has turned into a event to be seen. News organizations try to corral the best and famous celebrities to represent them at their table even if they have no affiliation with their news organization. When looking at the guest list there are several WTF moments. Why these celebrities? How the hell did they get invited?
Here are five bizarre celebrities attending this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner:
1. Giancarlo Esposito (American Urban Radio Networks)
You may know Giancarlo Esposito as the baddie “Gustavo Fring” from Breaking Bad, and not from his political prowess. But, yes he will be attending the White House Correspondent’s Dinner on behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks. Hey, I’m all for diversity and new faces at the dinner, but what if he’s just trying to expand his network Pollos Hermanos to the east coast. Just sayin’.
2. Jon Bon Jovi (The Huffington Post)
Jon Bon Jovi seems like a really nice guy, but do we really want someone with album title Slippery When Wet, representing the White House Press Corp? I think The Huffington Post has the most bizarre guest list, leading to the next celebrity.
3. Shaquille O’Neal (The Huffington Post)
You know for an event that puts such a premium on “seats” why would you invite someone who will probably need two seats for his huge body. What is going to talk about Kazaam? At least Shaq and President Obama can bond over missing free throws.
4. Jessica Alba (NPR)
This one really throw me through a loop. You would think that a news organization who attempts to take itself more seriously than the other outlets would, I don’t know invite Jon Stewart or something. I wonder if members of NPR know that their donations are going towards Jessica Alba’s ticket at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
5. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Natalie Dormer (Cosmopolitan)
Yes, Westeros will be making an appearance at this years Dinner. Jaime Lannister will have both hands (I think) and Lady Marjorie won’t be holding a crossbow (I think). Anyway, I think they will be two of the most photographed people there.