Human Rights Dominate the Discussion with Michael Keaton and Charlie Rose

Catherine Malandrino babbles on to Charlie Rose at last week’s Spirit of the Lafayette/Hermione project gala. (Photo by Patrick McMullan)

Catherine Malandrino babbles on to Charlie Rose at last week’s Spirit of the Lafayette/Hermione project gala. (Photo by Patrick McMullan)

“It’s about being more visible not just within the gay community, but the community at large,” Martina Navratilova began to Shindigger as we sipped red wine at the inaugural Athlete Ally Action Awards. “That’s what’s made a difference for us in making headway in legal protections and advancements,” she told us.

Athlete Ally, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization in LGBT sports, honored the tennis legend and Yogi Berra, James Blake, out basketballer Jason Collins, the company KPMG, and the WNBA.

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“Tonight is about celebrating the people who have made a difference,” she pointed out as attendees like Christine Quinn and Sean Avery mingled over cocktails inside Cafe Rouge.

At a luncheon hosted by Peggy Siegal at Le Cirque, gay marriage was also a topic of discussion for Michael Keaton, star of the Oscar-baiting black comedy, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

“You were adopted by two moms?” he responded in awe after he grilled Shindigger on all things family. “Where did you grow up? What was it like? When did they get married?”

Shindigger could barely ask him about his experience filming with director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his luminous co-stars; Emma Stone at our table, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts seated nearby.

“We shot in 30 days,” he eventually revealed with a sigh. “It was an incredible experience.”

Mr. Keaton praised New York for its diversity, describing several beautiful denizens of all colors he had recently witnessed. “People don’t always know it, but LA is so diverse as well,” he chimed in on his second home. The actor explained that he spends most of his time in Montana and detailed his love of bears. (Montana diversity did not come up)

Dignitaries H. E. Gérard Araud, the Ambassador of France, and H. E. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France, joined intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy and millionaire Daphne Guinness to celebrate the Hermione Project and honor Henry Kissinger and TV journalist Mr. Rose. The French government has painstakingly reconstructed the 1770s frigate, “Hermione,” that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to aid of General Washington, during the War of Independence. The ship will sail up the East Coast next summer, from Yorktown to Castine, Maine.

“This is a very good table,” said Agatha Ruiz de la Prada between bites and bavardage with a glance at Mr. Rose, who had returned to his place by Catherine Malandrino.

“I love France,” reflected Mr. Rose to Shindigger. In addition to world news, we asked him about the latest crop of movies. “It’s fantastic. It’s an amazing movie,” he enthused about Birdman. “I think Michael Keaton is brilliant and he’s absolutely delightful.”

Shindigger concurred.

“He’s not only a great actor, but his sense of self—he’s so comfortable,” Mr. Rose prattled on. “I think it’s going to really be a talked about film,” he concluded bidding the table adieu.

International, cultural relations were also on the mind of fashion designer Reem Acra. “There’s another part of this world that is fighting for peace and better health,” she told Shindigger the following night after she received an award from Bridges of Understanding at its annual dinner at Lincoln Center in New York City.

“This is a symbol that there’s hope,” she reminded us in talking about bridging the cultural divide, specifically between Americans and the Arab world, but illustrating the similarities to West Africa. “We are one.”