Trump And Melania Will Skip Out Kennedy Center Awards After Artist Decide To Boycott
Donald Trump and his wife Melania have decided to skip out on this years Kennedy Center Honors on its 40 anniversary to let the event go on without any “political distractions.”
The White House said in a statement on Saturday, “The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”
The decision came after two honorees decided to decline to join the White House reception this year.
“First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments,” the statement read.
Television writer and producer Norman Lear, which is one of the honorees, said in a statement, “It is more important now than ever that we stand up for artists, for artistic expression, and for the valiant fight that artists fight to reveal the wonder and oneness of the human spirit.”
Trump made another enemy back in March when he decided to push for the complete end of federal support for public broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts in his budget outline.
Dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, who is another honoree, cited on Thursday “the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our existing leadership is choosing to engage in” for declining the invitation to the White House reception.
Another honoree, singer Lionel Richie, spoke out against what’s been going on lately.
“I must tell you, I’m not really happy as to what’s going on right now with the controversies,” he said.