Rockette Speaks Out About Trump Inauguration: "If I Had To Lose My Job Over This, I Would"

Poor Rockettes!

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Some Rockettes are not happy about having to dance for President-elect Donald Trump. The famous Radio City dancers are performing at the inauguration, and many are speaking out about the decision.

"If I had to lose my job over this, I would. It's too important," one dancer tells Marie Claire. "And I think the rest of the performing arts community would happily stand behind me." 

The dancer, who gave the interview under the pseudonym "Mary," says that Trump's ongoing issues with women have the dancers up in arms. One dancer said: "I wouldn't feel comfortable standing near a man like that in our costumes."

Madison Square Garden Co., the brand behind the Rockettes, has publicly stated that the dancers’ participation is voluntary. But as The Washington Post points out, the Rockettes are a group, and individually speaking out has little influence. "Unlike elite athletes and Broadway stars, any individual Rockette is rather powerless, because she is so replaceable," the newspaper writes. Those Rockettes speaking out could very well be fired or reprimanded.

Trump's comments about women (and their bodies) has been long documented. On the campaign trail, a previous interview leaked in which he bragged about sexual assault. “When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.” 

Read more from the Rockette's interview here

[Photo: Getty Images]

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