The Radio City Rockettes.
At least one Rockette has voiced her displeasure that she and her colleagues are to perform at president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Rockette Phoebe Pearl, who has made her Instagram account private, wrote in a since-deleted post on Thursday, “Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed … 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.”
Madison Square Garden Company, owner of the Rockettes, says the dancers don’t have to perform if they don’t want to.
The company said, “For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural. It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available.”
However, the performers were told by their union that they are “obligated” to perform at president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, reports Broadway World.
The website obtained an e-mail from the American Guild of Variety Artists to what appears to be Rockettes saying, “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.”
The e-mail does point out, though, that those Rockettes who are not full-time do not need to perform, but those who are must fulfill their obligation.
The American Guild of Variety Artists has not publicly responded.
Jackie Evancho and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are also slated to perform on inauguration day.
This article was sourced from http://gullahnewspaper.net