Last week, Rockettes dancers spoke out about performing for Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration. Members of the famous Radio City Music Hall dance group were horrified, given the President-elect's slew of previous misogynistic comments. "If I had to lose my job over this, I would. It's too important," one dancer told Marie Claire. "And I think the rest of the performing arts community would happily stand behind me."
Other dancers also spoke to the magazine, sharing their anger and dismay over the performance.
Madison Square Garden, the company behind the Rockettes, has issued an official statement about their comments, citing that the conversations stemmed from an internal company meeting and meant to be off-the-record: "Marie Claire posted a story on its website this morning regarding a private meeting that was held last week. The story included comments made by various Rockettes that were included without their permission," said the press statement. "When Marie Claire requested comment from MSG last night, we provided a full statement on the matter. Marie Claire chose to just use a small portion of what was provided."
The following is the full statement in its entirety from Barry Watkins, Chief Communications Officer for The Madison Square Garden Company: “This is one person who continues to attempt to represent the entire team of Rockettes. This time, it’s in a story that is the result of an unauthorized recording that violated the confidentiality of all of her sister Rockettes. While Mr. Dolan stands behind everything he said during the meeting, no one in that room believed they were speaking publicly. Everyone in the meeting had the chance to speak their mind in a safe setting, and many did. Her secret recording was deceitful and cowardly and has betrayed all of her fellow Rockettes. Posting this story is beneath the ethical standards of Hearst. We are deeply disappointed in their decision to post this story.”
It's unclear if the Rockette behind the recording has been identified. Per an earlier press release from Madison Square Garden, each Rockettes participation in the inauguration is voluntary. "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. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots."
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