Rockette: My castmates feel ‘forced to perform for this monster’
The parent company of the Rockettes say it’s voluntary, but many of the performers feel forced to perform.
The Rockettes have not commented on any of these developments, but an unnamed member of the world-famous troupe spoke out to Marie Claire in a piece published Tuesday AM and said disputed the validity of The Garden’s decree that they weren’t required to dance at the Inauguration.
“She felt she was being forced to perform for this monster,” the unnamed Rockette said of a castmate. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable standing near a man like that in our costumes.”
Now, the dancer fears a backlash against the Rockettes — noting that seats that were typically filled for Chirstmas-week shows this years went vacant in 2016.
“This is making our show, our job, our name, branded as right-wing. An extreme right-wing,” the Rockette said. “There’s a reason why everyone else is turning this down. Why are we not?”