Hollywood’s chief representative in Washington, D.C. will not attend the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.
Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd will skip this Friday’s proceedings and instead take his daughter to Disney World, TheWrap has learned. The Democratic former Connecticut senator discussed the matter at January’s Golden Globe awards.
“If he were still a sitting member of Congress, he would certainly be attending the Inauguration — a uniquely American event that celebrates our democracy and the peaceful transfer of power,” a spokesperson for Dodd told TheWrap on Wednesday.
“But having retired from the Senate six years ago, he decided to take advantage of the long weekend and take a trip with his family.”
As the head of the MPAA, Dodd represents the interests of six major Hollywood studios: Disney, Universal, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.
The MPAA lobbies on matters like anti-piracy, and also issues film ratings for theatrical releases based on themes and content.
Dodd isn’t the only high-profile political insider skipping Trump’s big party. A laundry list of democrats have passed on the event, including California’s Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Texas Rep. Al Green, New York Rep. Yvette Clarke and more.
Inauguration organizers have struggled to book the kind of Hollywood talent the nation has come to expect at such historic occasions.
While the Obama administration easily secured icons like Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen, Trump’s inaugural team has hit roadblocks in securing A-listers to perform. In December, TheWrap reported that representatives for the President-Elect had even offered up potential ambassadorships to talent bookers that could deliver entertainment for the ceremony.
Trump’s inauguration will be held Friday, Jan. 20 in Washington D.C.