If this is true, it’s SUCH a relief!
In a previously public Instagram post, Rockette Phoebe Pearl declared “it has been decided for [them],” and she was “embarrassed and disappointed” to have to dance for the racist Republican.
And, a source exclusively confirmed to us that the American Guild of Variety Artists — who represents the Rockettes — was threatening to sue or fire the dancers who refused the gig.
But on Friday, Mikyl Cordova, a spokeswoman for the troupe’s managing organization — the Madison Square Garden Company — said in a statement that the girls aren’t forced to do anything they don’t want to do, explaining:
“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.”
Mikyl also insisted many dancers were incredibly eager to perform for the President-Elect, adding:
“In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations.”
This sounds all fine and good…
However, this completely contradicts the email the AGVA sent to the Rockettes. The message forwarded to the New York Times read:
“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.”
Ummmm. So does that mean the MSG Company’s statement is just a cover-up?!
NYT also chatted with former Rockette Heather Lang, who said there are about 12 full-time dancers, who can be afraid to stand up for their personal beliefs and conflicts of interest if the AGVA isn’t on their side, saying:
“One of the most annoying situations about that job is, it’s corporate. It’s not like a Broadway show where you feel like you have an artistic voice. You’re sort of owned by this corporation. Everybody’s in fear of losing their job.”
Radio City Music Hall tour guide Chris Pappas told the Times he was pissed about the initial performance announcement:
“I can say that as a member of the tour guide staff, we have discussed it, and it has upset us. It’s not saying the Rockettes are invited to perform. It’s saying that the Rockettes will perform.”
What do U think is actually going on here, Perezcious readers?!