Tags: kennedy center | lear | estefan | trump

Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan Among Kennedy Center Honorees as Trump Protest Looms

Image: Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan Among Kennedy Center Honorees as Trump Protest Looms
Gloria Estefan (Reuters)

Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 01:49 PM

Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Carmen de Lavallade and Lionel Richie will be the honorees at the next Kennedy Center Honors, to be held on Dec. 3 and broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26. It will mark the first ceremony of Donald Trump's presidency.

And there will be a statement of protest.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to be seated with the honorees during the Kennedy Center ceremony, and they will host a reception with them at the White House earlier in the evening. That in and of itself will be an interesting moment, as Lear and Estefan have been particularly outspoken against Trump and his policies.

A spokesperson for Lear said that, while he will attend the ceremony, he will not attend the White House reception.

David Rubinstein the chairman of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement, "The Kennedy Center Honors spotlights the extraordinary careers of five artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America."

He added, "Carmen de Lavallade is a national treasure whose elegance and talent as a dancer led to a career touching many art forms; international superstar Gloria Estefan has influenced American music through her infectious Miami sound; landmark hip hop artist LL Cool J taught the world how to rhyme as one of the pioneers of the hip hop phenomenon; Norman Lear spoke to the human condition and sparked poignant cultural conversations with some of the most epochal TV sitcoms of the 20th century; and Lionel Richie's irresistibly recognizable melodies capture the heart and transcend generations."

What is unclear is whether the Kennedy Center will have any difficulty lining up celebrity figures to pay tribute to any of the honorees, as a number of industry figures declined to perform at Trump's inauguration.

Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way, the group that Lear co-founded, said in a statement, that he was "proud of Norman's announcement that he won't attend any White House ceremonies associated with this honor. Anyone who knows Norman knows how he reveres the symbols of our democracy, from the Declaration of Independence to the White House itself. And he's engaged and worked with presidents of both parties throughout his career, from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush to Barack Obama.

"Norman's refusal to set foot in Donald Trump's White House is as powerful a reminder as any that the hate and bigotry that Donald Trump espouses on a daily basis isn't business-as-usual, it's a threat to the civic compact upon which this nation was founded."

© 2017 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Carmen de Lavallade and Lionel Richie will be the honorees at the next Kennedy Center Honors, to be held on Dec. 3 and broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26. It will mark the first ceremony of Donald Trump's presidency.
kennedy center, lear, estefan, trump
427
2017-49-03
Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 01:49 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved