The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, that much-maligned evening of political and media schmoozing formerly known as the “nerd prom,” returned Saturday night after a two-year Covid-19 hiatus. It may not be the most obvious place for an obsessively-followed, newish celebrity couple to make their red carpet debut.
But if that obsessively-followed, newish celebrity couple were trying to, say, be taken seriously as thoughtful people in their own right, beyond their gossip-page fame; if they were trying to suggest engagement with real issues rather than with reality TV; if they were trying to convey the idea that their relationship was not just about leveraging two kinds of fame for viral attention but also about a meaningful connection — well, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner might then be the smartest choice around for such an unveiling.
Enter Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson: Couple of Substance. If not just like us, then just like all the other attendees!
The two gamely posed as a pair on the evening’s step-and-repeat, just as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his wife, as well as Jake Tapper of CNN and his wife, did. Unlike Drew Barrymore, who wore a Lanvin dress with floor-sweeping sleeves, Ms. Kardashian and Mr. Davidson didn’t vamp for the photographers, or get caught taking giggly selfies with fellow attendees like Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. Mr. Davidson didn’t even pull any silly faces, as his “Saturday Night Live” characters often do.