Hollywood arrives in Washington at Funny or Die and People’s bash
Politics and Hollywood collided on Funny or Die and People Magazine’s funniest night on Friday night to take the upper hand ahead of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday.
The production company — now owned by former Democratic National Committee finance chairman Henry Muñoz III — and the magazine hosted the “smart casual” dress party at The REACH at the Kennedy Center, complete with a milkshake bar, a ice cream taco stand and a churro station.
Actor Billy Eichner, the evening’s special guest, is no stranger to politics, having been very active in efforts to secure the vote in the 2018 and 2020 midterm elections. ‘The Billy on the Street’ star said he comes to these events to push politicians on issues like LGBTQ+ rights, now under fire from Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.
“[Republicans] keep going back to the well and when they need a scapegoat LGBTQ people are always there for them and now they’re focusing on kids, teens and trans kids,” Eichner, who wrote and stars in a upcoming movie featuring an all-LGBTQ+ cast, The Hill told The Hill.
“They are the most vulnerable members of our society,” Eichner said. “This shit is cruel and dangerous and letting them off the hook will only make it worse.”
Muñoz, whose marriage was officiated by President Biden, said he would also be active in November working with the White House and the DNC to secure greater Latino representation. He previously founded Momento Latino in 2020 with actress Eva Longoria Bastón, chef José Andrés and others to improve the health and socioeconomic outcomes of Latinos.
“My husband Kyle and I are back a few times a month and right now I have to say my favorite part of being in DC is the intersection of politics and culture,” Muñoz, who has just accepted the position of president of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino, told The Hill.
Others on the red carpet included Funny or Die CEO Mike Farah and actors Danny Ramirez, Harry Hamlin, Amelia Gray Hamlin, Brooke Shields and Kevin McHale.