Why did some of the Rockettes disagree to performing at Donald Trumps' Inauguration?
As some people may know, the Radio City Rockettes have been asked to perform at-soon-to-be president Donald Trump's inauguration. But a few dancers have disagreed to perform at this important event.
Some Rockettes felt as if they were being forced to perform in front of a monster. Others didn’t feel comfortable performing next to him in their costumes. Thirteen Rockettes have a full time job, and are available to do the job at any time. The rest are seasonal casters, with 80 women. They get the option of when they would like to perform. The seasonal dancers got an email that told them about the performance at the inauguration, and asking if they were available. On the other hand, the dancers working full time got an email only consisting of the details of the performance, and not giving them the option of whether or not they wanted to perform. Full time performers who don’t want to perform for Trump don’t know if not participating will cause them to lose their job. In addition, no colored woman offered to perform at the inauguration.
A Rockette named Mary says, “It's almost worse to have 18 pretty white girls behind this man who supports so many hate groups”.
According to the website Marie Claire, "These are our friends and our family, who we've worked with for years. It's a basic human-rights issue. We have immigrants in the show. I feel like dancing for Trump would be disrespecting the men and women who work with us, the people we care about."
Some Rockettes performing at the inauguration would probably make others feel disrespected and upset with their working partners. As Mary said, "This is not a Republican or Democrat issue—this is a women's rights issue”.