Inauguration Day: The Rockettes vs. Donald Trump

Donald Trump is getting a Rockette’s red glare. The Radio City Rockettes have been announced as performers at Trump’s 2017 presidential inauguration next month in Washington, D.C., but at least one Rockette is not happy about it. “Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed,” said dancer Phoebe Pearl on Instagram in a post that has since been deleted. “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.” MORE: Steven Van Zandt: ‘Hamilton’ cast bullied Pence Twelve woman have accused Trump of sexual assault and he’s publicly referred to women in derogatory terms. “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.,” Pearl said. Yet, individual Rockettes are not obligated to perform at events, said a spokesperson for Madison Square Garden, which owns the Rockettes, to the New York Times on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 23. “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,” the statement read. “It is always their choice.” The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and singer Jackie Evancho, who recently performed in Red Bank, have also been announced as performers. “The Radio… [Read full story]

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