Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Kennedy Center Guarantees No Trump in Presidential Box at Ceremony With Cher, “Hamilton” Creators Among Inductees


Like everything else, the Kennedy Center Honors has pretty much been wrecked.

Their new inductees are Cher, composer Phillip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire and jazz legend Wayne Shorter.

None of those are objectionable, but a lot of people who’ve been waiting for an award — and are aging– were snubbed including Dick van Dyke, Doris Day, and Jane Fonda.

On top of that, purely for ratings, the Kennedy Center is giving a special award to “Hamilton.” The Associated Press wrote that “Hamilton” is a gender bending musical, which should be hilarious to creator Lin Manuel Miranda.

But it’s inappropriate to reward “Hamilton,” which is just four years old, much as everyone loves it. This is purely for ratings because they want to recreate the show on their broadcast.

This breaks the whole Kennedy Center charter begun in the 1970s. But the impatience for ratings supersedes everything. It’s a cheap move.

Cher and Reba, ok, whatever. At least we know that Donald Trump won’t be there in the presidential box. All the people chosen by the KC hate Trump, but no one more than Cher. Her Twitter account is a daily diatribe against him. Wasn’t it the cast of  “Hamilton” that kicked Mike Pence’s ass?

So some good will come of this. But really: “Hamilton”? A cheap ratings move. Why not Justin Bieber, just get it over with?


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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