The famed New York City Rockettes are slated to perform at President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Rockettes are famous for their Christmas shows, and their famous high kicks.
However, one Rockette doesn’t want to perform for Trump, and she went to social media to vent her apparent “disgust”
Phoebe Pearl wrote:
“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”
Pearl had written this on her PRIVATE Instagram account, and one of her friends copied it and spread it around social media.
Sadly for Ms. Pearl, she has to perform for the PEOTUS, or else.
An email from the union that represents the Rockettes, the American Guild of Variety Artists, said 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. Dolan obviously wants the Rockettes to be represented at our country’s Presidential inauguration…” read the email. Part-time dancers are allowed to opt out of participating.
The email continued, “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,” it concluded.