Simi wants to know why we have elaborate premieres for Hollywood films in Nigeria.
She asked the question via Instagram while complimenting celebrities who attended the elaborate MET Gala themed premiere of “Ocean’s 8” in Lagos on Sunday, June 17, 2018.
The singer asks why there are elaborate premieres for Hollywood movies that the cast don’t show up for. She wants to know if it’s the norm in every country.
There is usually no dress code at most premieres as celebrities show up wearing whatever they deem fit for the occasion.
But for the Lagos premiere of “Ocean’s 8,” the celebrities in attendance were asked to dress in any of the past MET Gala themes of their choice.
There’s a cash reward for the fashion designer who created the best red carpet look. As at time of this article, a winner hasn’t been announced.
The premiere was a collaboration between FilmOne, a Nigerian production and distribution company, and Warner Bros., an American entertainment company. It was attended by celebrities such as Toke Makinwa, Omoni Oboli, Osas Ajibade, and Ufuoma McDermott.
Simi isn’t the only Nigerian with questions. On Twitter, the event and the elegant and eye-catching outfits were criticized.
People asked:”Why do we have such an extravagant premiere for a film with no connection to the Nigerian film industry?”
Bolanle Olukanni is one of the celebrities who have responded to the backlash. According to her, the celebrities are not stupid and know that MET gala is an event.
She added that the theme was chosen to allow free liberty to choose from any of the previous MET Gala themes.
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