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Are Rockettes Being Forced To Perform At Trump's Inaugural? UPDATED

Apparently so. They're under contract. UPDATED: They will use part-timers and it's voluntary.

This post, which has since been taken down, illustrates a terrible irony.

Who could have predicted that President Donald Trump would force a group of women to dance for him based on his power and celebrity?

A confirmed email from the Rockettes Union reads as follows:

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.

If you are not full time, you do not have to sign up to do this work. If you are full time, you are obligated. Doing the best performance to reflect an American Institution which has been here for over 90 years is your job. I hope this pulls into focus the bottom line on this work.

UPDATE: Nevermind, they'll just use part-timers who want to be there. Broadway World:

Madison Square Garden has released a statement regarding the ongoing story that Rockettes are required to perform at the Presidential inauguration or risk being fired.

"The Radio City Rockettes are proud to participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural," read the statement emailed to BroadwayWorld shortly after noon EST. "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 inaugura l. It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations."

Yeah we eagerly await the impeachment and/or resignation. You can bet the entire Crooks and Liars staff will be doing eye-level kicks that day.

PS. Here's the Headline News report on how many A-listers are avoiding the inauguration because it turns out they're swearing in a sexist bigot Russia-sucking pig.

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