This weekend is the 35th annual honors at Kennedy center. An annual ceremony hosted by the president of United States where a group of honorees are given recognition by the center for their contributions to American arts. For 2012, the list of honorees included David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy and Natalia Makarova. The very exclusive event is usually attended by big political donors with tickets to the event costing up to $5.500.
In its 35 years history, only 2 Latinos have made it to the honorees list: Placido Domingo and Chita Rivera prompting some Hispanic organizations to become more vocal about the lack of inclusion of more Latinos in the honorees list.
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On September, an incident between Felix Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and Michael Kaiser, the president of the Kennedy Center, where an agitated Kaiser tells Mr Sanchez " Go F@ck yourself" and then slammed the phone down, after Sanchez request for more inclusion of Latinos in the honoree list, became a subject controversy with over 30 of the most important Latino organizations in the U.S. showing support for Mr Sanchez.
A letter of apology from Mr Kaiser followed two week later.
The episode became a top subject in the agenda of the National Hispanic Leadership Organization, a coalition of over 30 Latino groups nation wide. They put blame on Geoge Stevens Jr who is the producer of the event and the co-chairman of the presidents committee on the Arts and Humanities, for continue exclusion of Latino artist in the event.