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"I will be declining the invitation to attend the reception at the White House.”

Dancer Carmen de Lavallade Is the Second Kennedy Center Honors Recipient to Boycott Reception


“In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others have fought for, I will be declining the invitation to attend the reception at the White House,” she said to the Washington Post. Legendary television producer Norman Lear was the first from this year’s recipients to announce that he wouldn’t be attending the ceremony, saying that the “White House that has no interest in supporting the Arts and Humanities.” Earlier this year, Donald Trump proposed completely eliminating the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, a gesture that makes White House-backed arts honors feel flippant. Lionel Richie, another recipient, told Today that he was considering not attending the ceremony as well. “I’m not really happy as to what’s going on right now with the controversies,”…

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