Rockettes Kick Back Against Trump Inauguration

Trump team has also lined up Mormon Tabernacle Choir
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2016 3:58 AM CST
Rockettes Kick Back Against Trump Inauguration
Dancers from the Radio City Rockettes promote their "New York Spectacular" show by performing on the marquee of Radio City Music Hall in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Some of the Radio City Rockettes have been horrified to learn that they'll be providing the entertainment at Donald Trump's inauguration next month. TheWrap reports that the famous New York City dancers have been told by their union that they have to perform at the event or risk losing their jobs. According to Perez Hilton, Rockette Phoebe Pearl said in an Instagram post that the women are "embarrassed and disappointed" to be "performing for a man that stands for everything we're against." She said the Rockettes have been "performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts" since getting the news. Madison Square Garden Company boss James Dolan announced Thursday that the dancers would perform at the inauguration, as they did for George W. Bush in 2001 and 2005.

The Trump transition team has also confirmed that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and 16-year-old former America's Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho will perform at the Jan. 20 event, the BBC reports, though big names like Celine Dion and Elton John have reportedly refused to perform. Trump, however, says celebrities are clamoring to come to the event—but their presence is not desired. "The so-called 'A' list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!" he tweeted Thursday. (The Trump team was rumored to be offering ambassadorships to anybody who could lure A-list performers to the inauguration.)

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