Report: LaToya Cantrell demands ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ cancel Lauren Daigle | Local Politics
Mayor LaToya Cantrell is demanding that “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” remove Louisiana singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle from its live television performance lineup after Daigle participated in a controversial, mostly mask-free rally in the French Quarter last month.
Cantrell sent a letter Wednesday telling Amy Thurlow, president of Dick Clark Productions, she could not support Daigle’s appearance from New Orleans for part of the New Year’s Eve celebration, according to a report from WWL radio.
A “furious” Mayor LaToya Cantrell blasted organizers of a sizable un-permitted Christian gathering and musical performance in the French Quart…
“Ms. Daigle cannot and should not be rewarded with national media exposure and a public spotlight,” Cantrell wrote. “She harmed our people, she risked the lives of our residents, and she strained our first responders in a way that is unconscionable — in the midst of a public health crisis.”
Daigle drew a harsh critique from Cantrell after she performed in a Nov. 7 “Let Us Worship” rally in the French Quarter, which was organized by activist pastor Sean Feucht. An estimated 400 people, most without masks despite the coronavirus pandemic, attended the outdoor gathering.
Two days later, Cantrell said she was “furious” that organizers moved forward with the rally despite City Hall’s objections. She said the event did not have a city permit.
Cantrell spokesman Beau Tidwell said the mayor and Daigle discussed the issue Friday, WDSU television reported. “Mayor Cantrell met with Ms. Daigle today and is always eager to engage with all stakeholders on matters of public health and public safety. The mayor’s concerns regarding Daigle’s actions in November remain the same,” Tidwell was quoted as saying.
Daigle, who was born in Lake Charles and grew up in Lafayette, has not publicly responded to criticism over her participation in the event. But according to WWL Radio, she told Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser it was all a misunderstanding.
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Nungesser told WWL that Daigle was riding her bicycle in the French Quarter when she stumbled on the rally, then stopped to pray with participants. She said she only sang when someone asked her to.
And Nungesser criticized Cantrell’s letter, saying the New Year’s Eve show promotes New Orleans and citing Daigle as “the state’s voice of the Sunshine Tourism Recovery Plan,” WDSU said. “I am shocked and disappointed that the mayor would attack one of our own in this manner,” Nungesser was quoted as saying.
Last year’s broadcast of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” included live performances from New Orleans, hosted by Billy Porter. This year, Porter is scheduled to join Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale in New York’s Times Square for the live broadcast.