As you’ve probably heard, the Trump camp has had a difficult time finding entertainers willing to perform at next month’s inauguration. But now it looks like the President-elect will get to glare and leer through a performance by The Rockettes, who have been slated to perform as they did for George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001 and 2005.
As Gothamist reports, some dancers have suggested boycotting the performance, but they’ve more-or-less been told to either participate or prepare to be fired.
Rockette Phoebe Pearl took to Instagram to say that she’s “embarrassed and disappointed” that she’s basically being forced to perform for Trump.
“The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling,” she writes.
I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts #notmypresident.”
The Rockettes are owned by MSG Entertainment, headed by James Dolan.
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As BroadwayWorld reports, the American Guild of Variety Artists have sent out an email to the Rockettes saying that a boycott will cost dancers their jobs:
We have received an email from a Rockette expressing concern about getting “involved in a dangerous political climate” but I must remind you that you are all employees, and as a company, Mr. Dolan obviously wants the Rockettes to be represented at our country’s Presidential inauguration, as they were in 2001 & 2005. Any talk of boycotting this event is invalid, I’m afraid.We have been made aware of what is going on Facebook and other social media, however, this does not change anything unless Radio City has a change of heart. The ranting of the public is just that, ranting. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but this does not change your employment status for those who are full time.
This has nothing to do with anyone’s political leanings (including AGVA’s), it has to do with your best performance for your employer, period. I will reiterate that if Hillary Clinton was the President-elect, nothing would be different, and there would probably be those who would not want to be involved because of her. It is a job, and all of you should consider it an honor, no matter who is being sworn in. The election is over and this country will not survive if it remains divided.
Everyone is entitled to her own political beliefs, but there is no room for this in the workplace.
If you are not full time, you do not have to sign up to do this work. If you are full time, you are obligated.
So far there’s been at least one effort to fight the powers that be:
— Magan Carrigan (@MaganCarrigan) December 23, 2016
However dancers are also worried they’ll have a difficult time finding new jobs if they abruptly leave The Rockettes, so it’s increasingly looking like they may have to quite literally grin and bare it. And what could be more fitting than that?
We strongly suggest that they all wear masks: