Artists Put a Hidden Message in Their Letter Resigning from President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities

It wasn't the most high profile mass resignation of last week. (The CEOs on Trump's business advisory councils got that distinction.) But it was arguably the most creative one. Last Friday, "all 16 of the prominent artists, authors, performers and architects on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned," reports The New York Times. And while their resignation letter didn't mince words (read it online here), it did take the added step of encoding in its text a short message for POTUS. Circle the first letter of each paragraph and what do you get? RESIST, the mantra of 2017.

In other related news, the administration announced that Trump will skip the annual Kennedy Center Honors this year--just the fourth time that a president has missed this annual national celebration of the arts. This year's honorees include Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear, Lionel Richie, and Carmen de Lavallade.

via Boing Boing/Artnet

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  • Jonathan collins says:

    The equivalent of taking your ball and going home. What a disgrace. God forbid you disagree with someone anymore in this country. I’m not saying I agree with either side, but talk about childish!

  • Karl Reitmann says:

    That list of third-rate celebrities at the end… Do they qualify as “artists” in today’s America?
    A very sad state of affairs…

  • Bill W. says:

    Oooh…how witty and creative of them. Did ‘Brian the Dog’ type it? Either way, they get a gold-star sticker, with the letter being put on the fridge for everyone to see!

  • chompsky says:

    Of course the cowards turn up in this comment thread as in so many others.

    Sorry you guys are so jealous of the achievements of others. They were asked to join the President’s council. These chumps have never produced anything worthwhile, so they tear down the achievements of others with sarcasm which they mistake for cleverness.

    These men (going by their fake names) are pathetic, nihilistic, dirty fake trolls without a moral grounding. kys plz

  • frankie says:

    children behave…total idiots resign and show us all who’s boss…please, shut up and sing….

  • frankie says:

    Chompsky’s form letter …you dirty trolls!

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