The Creative Coalition’s inaugural ball in Washington DC Monday night brought the kind of celebrity that you swear you know from somewhere. Like the Goo Goo Dolls. As a man with side bangs, what did lead singer Johnny Reznick think of Michelle Obama’s new haircut?
“Side bangs? Do I have side bangs?” (Yes.) “I didn’t see [her bangs]. I wasn’t watching television,” he said, explaining he was otherwise occupied with “minding my own business.”
Orlando Jones, who you might remember best from MADtv, said Michelle’s “hair and outfit are not really of interest to me.” He added that he has no interest whatsoever in what anyone’s clothes but his own, explaining, “I’m a narcissist.”
Emme, the plus-size model-turned-television personality, seemed convinced that Michelle would show up to the event that night, even though it was not on the first couple’s widely publicized itinerary: “I have to see her. I might have to just touch her arm — if I’m lucky.”
Evan Handler (Harry from Sex and the City) showed up to this black tie event without a tie. Was he trying to avoid looking too flashy at a quieter inauguration, where fewer parties and the first couple’s brief ball schedule suggested that this was a concern?
“I mean, like, as if I would have worn diamonds instead of not wearing diamonds tonight?” he said. “I don’t really think the country’s paying enough attention to me personally.”
Wayne Knight (Seinfeld’s Newman) was the rare male on the red carpet who did have thoughts on Michelle Obama’s bangs. “You know I’m here advocating for the arts for the Creative Coalition,” he said. “I saw a lot of art went into those bangs — the art of cutting hair is something that we should foster and support.”
Taraji P. Henson, who showed up wearing a white Preen dress with her nails coated in green glitter, had no trouble discussing FLOTUS fashion. “She is the definition of class,” Henson gushed. “But what I love most about her is it’s not always about the most expensive labels. She can show a woman who works a regular 9 to 5, who can’t afford all of that shit — tell them to go to J. Crew.”
Before I could even ask, she added: “And yes, I love her bangs.”