Norman Lear doesn't want to be honored by Donald Trump

Legendary TV Producer Norman Lear Boycotts Lifetime Achievement Honor Because of Trump

The Kennedy Center announced its 2017 honorees on Thursday, and some have been critical of the President.

In an interview with the Times, Lear cited Trump's proposed cuts to artistic funding as one of his reasons. If Trump calls off his attack on government support for the arts and humanities, he added, "maybe that will cause me to change my mind". "He is [the right's] f- you to all the clowns and the establishment generally because [they believe] the leadership of the country is at an all-time low".

Norman Lear - the legendary TV producer behind such progressive sitcoms as All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times - has had a good year. "Sure, the thoughts he held were antediluvian".

But some of this year's honorees have been critical of the President, which could prove uncomfortable at the traditionally apolitical event.

According to the Times, Kennedy Center recipient Gloria Estefan, who was born in Cuba, will attend but plans to challenge President Trump on his immigration stance.

In a statement, LL said of the honor "My late grandmother passed some wise advice to me: 'If a task is once begun, never leave it 'til it's done".

Veteran musician Lionel Richie, hip-hop star and actor LL Cool J and Cuban-American singer and actress Gloria Estefan will receive the prestigious Kennedy Centre Honours this year.

LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, was hailed by Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein for having "taught the world how to rhyme as one of the pioneers of the Hip Hop phenomenon".

As is the tradition, the President and First Lady will have dinner with the honourees and a White House reception followed by a range of performances in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The rapper also stressed the importance of separating politics and art.

"I don't have any stunts planned. I'm not saying I need to be there backslapping and all of that, but this time, this one ain't about him", he said, referring to President Trump. "I knew where it existed in Archie Bunker and the American people found it".

Lionel Richie wrote on his Twitter feed, "I'm incredibly honored to be part of the 2017 class!"

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