With the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump only a few weeks away, many are not only talking about the outcome of the election but the upcoming inauguration ceremony, which will swear in Trump as the 45th President of the United States, as well. As entertainers decline invitations to perform, one is taking her refusal a step further.
The newest complaint comes from a “Rockette,” a dancer in a group who is scheduled to perform at the inauguration ceremony. On December 22, news broke that the Rockettes would be performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. That prompted a performer to make a bold claim about her dance routine at the inauguration.
It was reported that some of the dancers were contractually obligated to perform at the ceremony, despite not wanting to, but the Madison Square Garden Company pushed back on that on Friday, announcing in a statement that every Rockette must “voluntarily sign up” for every event she performs in. Even though the contracts are voluntary, some of the Rockettes say they fear for their jobs when excusing themselves from events, even though their employer has stated publicly that they shouldn’t be concerned.
But since that, apparently, isn’t good enough for the dancers, one is going all out and declaring the inauguration dance performance racist and sexist. If you don’t get your way, just scream racism or sexism. That seems to be the new “catch all” for those who don’t understand that democracy means you won’t always get your way.
In an interview with Marie Claire published Tuesday, a Rockette, refusing to use her real name and instead going by the pseudonym “Mary” to protect her identity, said she had to speak out about the so-called “controversy.”
“This is making our show, our job, our name, branded as right-wing. An extreme right-wing,” Mary told Marie Claire. “There’s a reason why. Why are we not?”
Did Mary not read the statement her employer put out? She can voluntarily decline to dance at Trump’s inauguration, but she’s still complaining, adding criticism of her employer as racist and sexist too.
“It will be interesting to see who doesn’t get their job back,” Mary said. “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 admitted that the lack of women of color in the kick line is “embarrassing” already, adding that, “it’s almost worse to have 18 pretty white girls behind this man who supports so many hate groups.”
It honestly doesn’t take more than a quick Google search of “Rockettes images” to find pictures of minority women posing and dancing with the Rockettes, but Mary is too upset about having the option to not perform at Trump’s inauguration that she is literally blinded by her freedom of choice as a Rockette.
The solution is simple. Sit out the inauguration of Donald Trump. No one cares. But, to going to the media to call your employer racist and sexist is a bold and vile accusation, especially considering that they have publicly stated that the dancers are not forced to perform in any event. Most companies wouldn’t want to employ people who demean them and whine to the media about their job when it’s completely voluntary.
Mary will get no sympathy from hard-working Americans. She voluntarily chose a career in which she was well aware that she would be wearing costumes that are often revealing. Then, she decides to get so offended by her own choice that she complains to the media about women’s rights. You can’t even make this stuff up.