Rockettes Are 'Obligated' to Perform at Inauguration Per Their Contracts
It was announced this week that the Radio City Rockettes will be performing at Donald Trump‘s presidential inauguration next month and now new details reveal that the dancers are “obligated” to perform per their contracts.
Some of the Rockettes have reportedly expressed that they do not want to perform at the event as they don’t support Trump, but the dancers have been told they’re not allowed to boycott.
“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,” the dancers were told in an email from the American Guild of Variety Artists, according to BroadwayWorld.com.
“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. Doing the best performance to reflect an American Institution which has been here for over 90 years is your job. I hope this pulls into focus the bottom line on this work,” the email added.
Click inside to read what one Rockette posted on social media about it all…
Rockette Phoebe Pearl publicly stated that she does not wish to perform for Trump.
“I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion,” she wrote on Instagram (via NYPost.com). “Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed.”
“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 added. “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”