In an interview with Marie Claire, an anonymous Radio City Rockette using the pseudonym “Mary” said performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration could be “traumatic.”
“We do a lot of events, but there have been no events that could cause trauma. And doing this would cause trauma for some people,” Mary told Marie Claire.
“If I had to lose my job over this, I would. It’s too important. And I think the rest of the performing arts community would happily stand behind me,” Mary continued.
A second anonymous Rockette added: “I wouldn’t feel comfortable standing near a man like that in our costumes.”
Other Rockettes have publicly shown disappointment with the scheduled performance, and some have even threatened to boycott Trump’s inauguration.
One Rockette named Phoebe Pearl said she is “embarrassed and disapointed” to perform at the event.
About a week ago Pearl posted the following on Instagram: “I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed.”
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