Samuel L. Jackson Turned Away From InaugurationPublished by Clay Cane on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 8:22 am.
You might have wondered why you didn’t see more celebrities at President Barack Obama’s swearing in ceremony this past Tuesday. Tony Okungbowa, Ellen DeGeneres‘ resident DJ on her daily talk show, reported that big stars were turned away.
Samuel L. Jackson, Mariah Carey (Carey recently received rave reviews for her performance in Push, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this week), and even Reverend Jesse Jackson were told they could not attend the greatest historical moment in this generation due to crowding.
On Wednesday, Tony explained even with Ellen’s press credentials he was turned away because of overcapacity, “We saw Maroon 5 get turned away, Mariah Carey, Jesse Jackson — Samuel L. Jackson apparently didn’t even get in. So we were in good company, but a lot of other people got turned away. But, I’ll tell you what was most important, even though they got turned away, everyone was still celebrating. It was such a great atmosphere.”
Well, that day in Washington D.C. everyone was equal, not even a little Hollywood glamour could help you. I just hope Mrs. Cannon wasn’t wearing those extra short daisy dukes! It was viciously cold in D.C. — sexy and frozen isn’t a good look for Mimi!