Why Is Norman Reedus At The White House Correspondents' Dinner? No One Can Resist A Zombie Hunter
It's that special time of year. The annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which will be hosted by Saturday Night Live 's Cecily Strong is on Saturday, April 25. It's a night dubbed the "nerd prom," where the president, the first lady, politicians, journalists, and celebrities gather in one room to recognize coverage of the president, all while providing scholarships to journalism students and cracking jokes. Even though the evening is about journalists, many are more concerned with which celebrities are attending. Well, if you're a Walking Dead fan, then you can expect to see Norman Reedus at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
So, why is Reedus attending? How did he get on the list? First of all, for those who don't know, various outlets purchase tables at the event. Then, those outlets invite specific people to sit at said table. Reedus was invited by Cosmopolitan magazine, along with his Walking Dead co-star Lauren Cohen, Billy On The Street host Billy Eichner, and Empire's Gabourey Sidibe.
What does Cosmo see in Reedus? Well, let's be real, he is one of the major stars of AMC's critically-acclaimed zombie series that continues to take the world by storm. Who can resist zombie hunter Daryl Dixon, right? With that said, hasn't the whole Walking Dead craze died down a bit? Yes, it has, but Reedus' TV role probably isn't the only reason for him being invited to one of the biggest nights in Washington D.C.
For example, did you know he's a huge supporter of women's rights? That's right, Reedus has no problem whatsoever standing up for women. In March 2015, the actor made headlines for an Instagram photo he shared standing next to two moms breastfeeding, which appeared to be his way of supporting the #FreeTheNipple campaign.
Then, People chatted with Reedus and he opened up about why he supports women's issues. He said, "I was raised with women, strong women, and my sister's a real strong, positive woman. My mother ran an orphanage in Kurdistan, and she's taught school in Harlem and the Bronx. She's always been a tough woman and you know, I do what I can."
During a time when many individuals are speaking up for women, supporting feminists, and hoping to change the wage gap, Reedus is one of many on the women's rights train and inspiring others along the way. If that isn't a good enough reason to be invited to the White House Correspondents' Dinner, then I don't know what is. Like Reedus, many other celebs who stand up for important issues, like women's rights, will attend the special evening, including Connie Britton, Gina Rodriguez, and Kerry Washington.