A very tamely dressed Sarah Jessica Parker was the surprise guest at the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th annual national dinner Saturday night. The last celeb to walk the white carpet at the Convention Center, she was escorted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his longtime girlfriend Diana Taylor.
Overheard from the crowd when Parker came out: “Sarah! We love you,” “Sarah, thank you for being here” and “She’s here to atone for her last three movies.”
Parker, in a black dress and silver heels, was rather press shy, unlike Cyndi Lauper who pranced down the carpet before her. To cries of “work it girl!” Lauper posed and showed off her retro stocking-clad legs. When POLITICO asked the songstress if she planned to vote for Obama in 2012, she gave a sly smile and said, “Have you seen the other guys running?”
The president was not yet in the building during white carpet time, but he arrived shortly after to give the dinner’s keynote address. Of Obama’s commitment to LGBT causes, Lauper told POLITICO, “Give him a minute. He walked into a big fat mess, a real mess. He’s trying.” And talking pop culture, the ’80s crooner said she has her fingers crossed for both Carson Kressley and Chaz Bono on “Dancing with the Stars.”
British singer Mika also walked the carpet and talked to POLITICO about the president’s support of the LGBT community. He said, “I think he could do more. I think everyone feels that he could do more. But I hope and pray that he will be in office for another four years.” Mika won outfit points for his multicolor Christian Louboutin high-tops with gold spikes on the toe.
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who just rubbed elbows with Obama on the West Coast, also posed for the flashbulbs and told POLITICO that the best part of meeting the president was “just meeting the president!” “He was very sweet, very complimentary of ‘Modern Family,’” said the actor.