Last week, it was announced that the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes would be forced to be the entertainment for the Trump inauguration or lose their jobs.
After some of the Rockettes took to social media to express their dismay, the Madison Square Garden Company announced that the dances would not be obligated to perform next month at Trump’s inaugural event.
Madison Square Garden Company released the following statement: “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. It is always their choice.”
This is a direct result of the social media uprising brought on by some of the dancers.
“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.”
The American Guild of Variety Artists claimed that its initial message had been misunderstood by their dancers.
“The Union never ‘demanded’ that the Rockettes perform at the inauguration. A message was sent to the Rockettes last evening that stated the terms of their contract.”
The Union also confirmed that participation in the inaugural events would be voluntary, including for those “contractually obligated to perform at scheduled events throughout the year.”
The Union added, “MSG’s announcement that the Rockettes were being included in the Presidential inaugural has brought up legitimate concern among our Members, the theatrical community and the public at large. We are pleased that Radio City has agreed that for those Rockettes with year-round employment, participation in this event will be voluntary as well.”
So now we just sit back and wait to see how many dancers will actually volunteer to perform at an event where none of them want to perform. Good luck with that, Trump.