The annual White House Correspondents Dinner, an East Coast version of the Oscars, is fast turning into a freak show.
Feasting on such fancy foods as Texas rubbed steak and curry spiced shrimp in the same room as the POTUS at this year's "Nerd Prom" were Kim Kardashian -- a woman who is famous for allegedly releasing a sex tape -- and Lindsay Lohan, a once adorable child actress whose interests have shifted to shopping, clubbing and posing nude for Playboy.
Had he not been cremated, CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite might be turning over in his grave.
The appearance of celebrities at the 92-year-old annual gathering -- which was originally intended as a way for cynical journalists and their political sources to rub elbows -- has turned the event into a media circus. Until recently, only a smattering of stars, such as Ozzy Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres (with then-squeeze Anne Heche), had shown up at the dinner and were clearly the odd men and women out among the wonky crowd.
It wasn't long before such Hollywood hotties as George Clooney became regulars as media outlets realized they could score points with their sources, turning the event into a contest of who could lure the brightest stars.
But that does not explain how Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan got tickets to this year's gala.
Lohan's invite came from Greta Van Susteren, a Fox News personality who took a lot of heat for including the party girl after threatening to boycott another media affair -- the Radio and TV Correspondents Dinner -- because comedian Louis C.K. was slated to be the emcee. (He has since turned down the gig.) On her official blog, Gretawire, the "On the Record" host complained the red-haired comedian was offensive to women. "He uses filthy language about women…..yes, the C word," she wrote, "even to describe a woman candidate for Vice President of the United States."
Ironically, Van Susteren saw no problem inviting rehab regular Lohan to the White House Correspondents Dinner, perhaps thinking she could get scoops from the troubled 25-year-old who spends more time in court these days than on movie sets. However, the woman who covered the O.J. trial gave TMZ a more noble reason for her choice. "I love comebacks, and I'd like her to succeed," she said, despite the "Mean Girls" actress, who recently channeled Marilyn Monroe for Playboy, being a questionable role model for young woman. "She's got a new movie and I'm hoping things work out for her."
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, who was Greta's guest for the star-studded dinner in 2010, did not have to stay home watching re-runs of "Say Yes to the Dress" Saturday night. She and her mother, Kris Jenner, scored tickets to this year's fiesta from Fox News and ended up sitting at the same surreal table as Lohan and the trial-lawyer-turned-TV-star.
In a widely published photo, the Kimster was snapped at the event with her middle-aged momager and "Modern Family" sex symbol Sofia Vergara, a juxtaposition the shapely reality star may regret. A cynical commenter on Celebitchy sniped, "Kim looks dumpy next to Sophia (sic) and (you can tell) Kris THINKS she looks better than both of them." The celebutante also took her lumps from comedian Jimmy Kimmel who only half joked, "If you're looking for the biggest threat to America right now... She's right there. Her name is Kim Kardashian."
How Fox and Van Susteren will sink lower than Lohan and Kardashian as invitees for next year's dinner is hard to say, but we're thinking the Octomom could use a night off from mac and cheese and her shoe full of children.
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