Donald Trump appears to be having problems with the guest list for his White House reception in connection with the upcoming Kennedy Center Honors. The Washington Post reports that a second honoree has opted out of the reception.
Dancer, choreographer and actress Carmen de Lavallade indicated Thursday that although she plans to attend the Dec. 3 ceremony at the Kennedy Center, she’s not interested in a visit to the Trump White House.
“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,” de Lavallade said in a written statement provided to The Post.
De Lavallade, 86, “was a principal guest performer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and was one of the first African Americans to dance for the Metropolitan Opera,” The Post reports. “Though her home is in New York, her work has taken her close to Charlottesville, the scene of a deadly white supremacist rally this weekend, which Trump has been criticized for failing to sufficiently condemn.”
De Lavallade’s White House boycott follows a similar move by TV writer and producer Norman Lear, another of this year’s five Kennedy Center honorees. The others are Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J and Lionel Richie.