Tom Brokaw said that Lindsay Lohan has ruined the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
The news anchor said the actress’ appearance at last year’s event essentially destroyed any dignity the dinner had left. Brokaw went as far as describing the annual gathering as a “joke.”
Tom Brokaw said his problem with the event reached a boiling point when Greta Van Susteren brought Lindsay Lohan to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as her guest. Although several other questionable celebrities have attended the event in the past, the anchor said her appearance was the final straw.
“The breaking point for me was Lindsay Lohan. She became a big star at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Give me a break,” he explained to Politico.
He remarked that he was tired of the “sophomoric humor” and the way people act at the event when they’ve had a little too much to drink.
He added, “Why do we think to have a successful evening, you have to have Donald Trump as your guest of honor, for example, or Lindsay Lohan?”
Tom Brokaw publicly bashed the WHCD shortly after the event in 2012. He said on Meet the Press that the dinner essentially “separates the press from the people that they’re supposed to serve, symbolically.”
The anchor said he doesn’t intend to ever attend the event again.
According to The Huffington Post, this year’s dinner is so big that E! News will be covering it live. Notable celebrities that are expected to show up are Paul Rudd, Kevin Ware, Steven Spielberg, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd, Claire Danes, Scarlett Johansson, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Tom Brokaw believes the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has, for lack of a better term, jumped the shark. He also feels that the appearance of celebrities like Lohan sends a bad message to the rest of the country.
Do you agree with Tom Brokaw that celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan have ruined the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?