Wednesday, February 28, 2024

No Kennedy Center Honors For Trump, Year 2: President Avoids Cultural Celebrations Because He Doesn’t Understand Them

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Donald and Melania are skipping the Kennedy Center Honors for the second year in a row.

It’s not a surprise. They are unwelcome although invited. He’d rather stay home and Tweet. She’s busy getting White House employees fired.

This year’s KC inductees don’t like Trump much. Cher spends part of every day Tweeting against him. I doubt Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, and Philip Glass have much use for him either.

Trump certainly doesn’t want to be faced with the cast of “Hamilton,” which openly mocked VP Mike Pence when he visited the show. They did it from the stage, and it made headlines. Anyway, Trump is pretty sure “Hamilton” is about Linda Hamilton, from his “Beauty and the Beast” TV show.

As for “Hamilton,” the Kennedy Center and CBS’s Jack Sussman changed the charter so they could have “Hamilton” on their air and maybe score ratings. It’s about 20 years too soon for Lin-Manuel Miranda to get a KC Honor. Dozens of older stars were spurned to movie LMM up a generation. But that’s life now– it’s a free-for-all. Rules, as Warren Beatty said, don’t apply. Tell that to Dick van Dyke, he’s only 92. He can wait another year. Or Jane Fonda. Or Denzel Washington. And so on.

Trump stays away because he doesn’t understand cultural celebrations. His Medal of Freedom winners are all dead. He has no appreciation for the arts. It’s one more thing that makes a first for his presidency.

 

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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