Radio City Rockettes to perform at Trump’s inauguration under threat of being fired

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Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden company, which owns the Rockettes. It now looks as if   Team Trump has finally found a group of performers who will actually appear at the inauguration — because they’re contractually obligated to do so — the Radio City Rockettes. 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. “The Radio City Rockettes are proud to participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural,” read the statement. Part-time dancers are allowed to opt out of participating. Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed. Bush’s inaugurations in 2001 and 2005.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 23, 2016

No one should be forced to do anything against their will, not women nor men, whether performers or not.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) December 23, 2016

If the Rockettes do actually end up dancing during Trump’s inauguration, they’ll do so alongside   16-year-old   America’s Got Talent alum   Jackie Evancho and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the only other confirmed performers. News of the famous high-kicking dancers’ participation came from a statement by James L. President-Elect   Trump’s team has really been struggling to find talent to perform at the inauguration events going on throughout Washington, DC next month. Dolan obviously wants the Rockettes to be represented at our country’s Presidential inauguration…” read the email. “We are honored that the Rockettes have again been asked to perform in the upcoming inauguration festivities,” the statement concluded. We will not be forced! 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. It is always their choice. An email obtained by BroadwayWorld from an administrator for the American Guild of Variety Artists to the Rockettes stated that all   full-time dancers are “obligated” to work and preemptively squashed any talk of a boycott as “invalid.” “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. However, it seems the dancers themselves may not feel so honored. 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. The AGVA email   went on to say, “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. 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,” it concluded. It is a job, and all of you should consider it an honor, no matter who is being sworn in. Elton John won’t do it. Update (11:50 AM):   In a follow-up statement, the Madison Square Garden Company contradicted the AGVA email, saying that all Rockettes have the choice whether or not to perform (via THR). Even   Andrea Bocelli won’t do it (though that’s mainly Trump’s fault). AGVA must protect their artists. Dolan called the group “treasured American icons” and recalled their participation in numerous Super Bowl halftime shows, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and George W. Already sent my e-mail. #notmypresident”
Pearl’s protests are likely to go ignored, unfortunately. In a since deleted Instagram post (via   The Hollywood   Reporter), dancer Phoebe Pearl wrote:
“I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Everyone else please do likewise? “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. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. KISS won’t do it. Thank you for this, @duarteamanda. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations.”
Despite Trump tweeting that there are A-list celebs “all wanting tixs” to the inauguration, many have come out in support of those Rockettes dismayed by their (reportedly) forced performance. Celine Dion   won’t do it.

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