Rockettes to perform at Trump inauguration despite dancer's pushback

By Spectrum News Staff,
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 03, 2017, 11:25 AM EST

The Radio City Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in Washington next month, Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn said Thursday.

  • Radio City Rockettes to perform at Trump's inauguration
  • A Rockette posted message saying she didn't want to perform

Shortly after MSG Entertainment confirmed, Rockette Phoebe Pearl posted a now-deleted message on her Instagram account expressing her feelings.

The message read:

I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. 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. 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. We will not be forced! #notmypresident

Writer and director Judd Apatow shared posts from Patton Oswalt and “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig, who shared contact information to reach out to the American Guild of Variety Artists and urged others to do the same.

An email obtained by Broadway World, issued by the AGVA, the Rockettes’ union, said the following:

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.