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The Rockettes are one of the few big-name entertainment acts to agree to participate in Trump’s inauguration, which has upset many of its dancers.
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable standing near a man like that in our costumes,” one dancer wrote in an email to her colleagues, according to Marie Claire magazine.
One Rockette told the magazine that participation appeared mandatory at first, but management made clear it was optional after some backlash from the performers. Nevertheless, many dancers worry that if they refuse to go, they’ll face repercussions.