Last week, major events began to get cancelled, and major sports started suspending their seasons. I tweeted then that I didn’t see how the Met Gala could still remain on the schedule – the gala is always held on the first Monday in May, and May is coming up quickly. Few people think that anyone will have a handle on the coronavirus in six weeks’ time, and even if we do have a handle on it (we won’t), it won’t be the time to play dress up and such. So Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour said the obvious in her April editor’s letter. The Met Gala is being postponed until further notice. And Wintour is endorsing Joe Biden.
Like everyone else, I have been experiencing this COVID-19 crisis as a series of hurtling developments, where one never knows quite what each new day will bring. Through it all one fact, however, remains stubbornly unchanged: President Trump. I, like so many of us, have been appalled by how he has responded to the pandemic—the optimistic and fact-free assurances that all will be fine, the chaotic implementation of travel bans and claims about a “foreign virus,” the narcissistic ease with which he has passed blame to others, his dishonesty with the American people, and worst of all, his shocking lack of empathy and compassion for those who are suffering and fearful. Meanwhile, his administration has been unforgivably slow to provide testing, and to mobilize treatment to all who will need it. These weeks have been a reminder—as if we needed a reminder—that America must choose a new president.
And it is my belief that we should choose Vice President Joe Biden. I have been impressed with the wider field of Democratic candidates this primary season, but after Biden’s decisive victories on Super Tuesday, I, like so many Americans, made up my mind to rally behind the Vice President. He is unmistakably a man of character and has so many qualities that we are in desperately short supply of in Washington right now: decency, honor, compassion, trustworthiness, and best of all experience. I know that we will get through COVID-19, but on the other side more challenges await—not the least of which is grappling with our ongoing climate crisis. We must choose a president who is ready to govern, who understands how to get results out of Congress, and who can set this country on a path to sustainability. And what a relief it will be to have a president who puts the well-being of others before his own, who doesn’t constantly think of himself first. For all these reasons, I look forward to casting my ballot in November for Joe Biden—together with whatever running mate he chooses (and he has wisely committed to choosing a woman). I am confident she will be qualified and equipped with the experience that Biden knows—as well as anyone—is required for the job. Election day cannot come soon enough.
One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time. Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled. In the meantime, we will give you a preview of this extraordinary exhibition in our forthcoming May issue.
I like everything Wintour says here, and how she framed this – if she had made a bigger deal about canceling or postposing the gala, people would have been like “not now, Anna, we have other concerns.” She struck the right tone, is what I’m saying. And I agree with her about Biden too – the coronavirus pandemic has underlined the urgent need to get Donald Trump the f–k out of office, by any means necessary.
Also: Anna has been working from home as of last week, and Conde Nast and Hearst apparently told employees at all of their magazines that they can work from home during this time. Which is a great thing.
Photos courtesy of WENN.
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