Donald Trump skipped this yr’s Kennedy Middle Honors—the fourth time a president has carried out so in 40 years and the primary time that it didn’t contain a nationwide emergency or conference—however The New York Instances says that his mere existence nonetheless forged a little bit of a silly shadow over the night. Iconic TV producer Norman Lear, one of many honorees, dropped some hearth concerning Trump’s absence, saying, “We occur to have anyone within the White Home who doesn’t care concerning the arts and humanities,” and that he was “sensible to remain away” because it’s “one thing he does on weekend anyway.”
Politics apart, although, this yr’s Kennedy Middle Honors gala was notable for a cause past giving some luminaries from the humanities an opportunity to dunk on Trump in public. Particularly, LL Cool J was one of many honorees, making this the primary time a rapper has been celebrated on the annual occasion. LL Cool J shared an Instagram publish concerning the award, saying “we had been despatched to this planet to like and encourage each other.”
The opposite honorees, together with LL Cool J and Lear, had been Carmen De Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, and Lionel Richie. The occasion will likely be proven on CBS on December 26.