The rockettes to perform at the Dons inauguration

BroadwayConcierge Profile PhotoBroadwayConcierge Profile Photo
BroadwayConcierge
Broadway Legend
joined:7/24/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/24/15

Wow, it's truly inhumane and tragic that these people are being expected to perform an action that they probably love and have elected to do for a career and for a living in front of the newly inaugurated President of the United States of America. Have people no heart? Can nobody see that these Rockettes are SUFFERING!? Where is the HUMANITY?

GreasedLightning Profile PhotoGreasedLightning Profile Photo
GreasedLightning
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
2/11/14

BroadwayConcierge said: "Wow, it's truly inhumane and tragic that these people are being expected to perform an action that they probably love and have elected to do for a career and for a living in front of the newly inaugurated President of the United States of America. Have people no heart? Can nobody see that these Rockettes are SUFFERING!? Where is the HUMANITY?

 

"

HAHA. Retweet. 

BakerWilliams Profile PhotoBakerWilliams Profile Photo
BakerWilliams
Leading Actor
joined:2/1/16
Leading Actor
joined:
2/1/16

BroadwayConcierge said: "Wow, it's truly inhumane and tragic that these people are being expected to perform an action that they probably love and have elected to do for a career and for a living in front of the newly inaugurated President of the United States of America. Have people no heart? Can nobody see that these Rockettes are SUFFERING!? Where is the HUMANITY?

 

"

whoomp there it is

"In memory, everything happens to music"
Call_me_jorge Profile PhotoCall_me_jorge Profile Photo
Call_me_jorge
Broadway Legend
joined:1/9/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/9/15

BroadwayConcierge said: "Wow, it's truly inhumane and tragic that these people are being expected to perform an action that they probably love and have elected to do for a career and for a living in front of the newly inaugurated President of the United States of America. Have people no heart? Can nobody see that these Rockettes are SUFFERING!? Where is the HUMANITY?

 

"

I'm sure they never wanted their career to end up honoring the very person who hates everything they stand for. 

Scarywarhol Profile PhotoScarywarhol Profile Photo
Scarywarhol
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/1/04

Yes, it is grotesque for a group of great woman performers to have to perform in celebration of a serial sexual abuser. 

SweetLips Profile PhotoSweetLips Profile Photo
SweetLips
Broadway Legend
joined:1/23/13
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/23/13

I just hope His seat is covered in plastic-and equpped with a seat belt- as I'm sure there will be a lot of moisture expelled during their routine !

 

PS..When I was a hoofer we had a coated 'gentleman' jack-off in the op box when the scantily clad chorus girls appeared---maybe it was you-know-who !!

Updated On: 12/23/16 at 01:37 AM
Broadway Joe Profile PhotoBroadway Joe Profile Photo
Broadway Joe
Broadway Legend
joined:6/15/10
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/15/10

Sometimes you have to do things for your job that you don't like nor agree with. I think many of us here have done that and if you haven't had then consider yourself lucky. I'm sure it sucks for the ones who really don't want to be there but they have to look at the bigger picture for their own careers. They would be silly to risk their jobs over one day considering this job is  probably something they have dreamed of doing since they were little kids. 

Updated On: 12/23/16 at 02:06 AM
VintageSnarker
Broadway Legend
joined:1/30/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/30/15
aaaaaa15
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
8/31/15

This is a man who only a few days ago called for Time's Person of the Year to be renamed Man of the Year. I feel awful for these women who are being forced - to smile, entertain and perform for a man who has no respect or love for their gender (and in some cases, their race) - or face losing their jobs. I don't understand anyone who thinks otherwise. The president is just a job, it's just a title. It doesn't mean that someone is automatically worthy of being placed in high regard, someone worthy of giving up one's own morals or beliefs for. There have been plenty of despicable people that have been leaders of countries before. They are not and should not be God-like figures that their people should be at the whim of. 

This is not just someone that these women may disagree with politically. This is someone that has outwardly shown hate and disrespect to them and their entire gender. Look at the wider picture here people. This is not a normal election. This is not a normal president-elect. Things aren't just going to go down quietly and normally. You can try and lecture people on how they should behave but you can't silence the majority of people in America on what they believe and stand for. That's all I'm going to say on the matter.

dramamama611 Profile Photodramamama611 Profile Photo
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
12/4/07

For those claiming this is an "honor"...then why have so very many artists turned it down? 

The point is simply this: the individual dancer has no choice. I'm sure there are some Rockettes that are thrilled, some that don't care and some that don't want to it.  They shouldn't be fired over it. Because it IS POLITICAL, they shouldn't be forced. 

Of course, we don't actually know how many dancers are against this....let's not assume it's all of them.

If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
Dancingthrulife2 Profile PhotoDancingthrulife2 Profile Photo
Dancingthrulife2
Broadway Legend
joined:10/28/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/28/15

@z5 said: "That's awesome! They should be honored to have been chosen to be part of such a historic event. 

 

"

Because this is the last inauguration before WWIII?

adamgreer Profile Photoadamgreer Profile Photo
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/18/05

It's pathetic what the kids think passes for a "mic drop" these days. 

yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/14/12

"For those claiming this is an "honor"...then why have so very many artists turned it down? "

It is an honor to perform for any POTUS, respect the office even if you dislike/hate the person. Just imagine if Hillary Clinton was elected and people turned down offer to play, 90% of this board would be calling these artists sexist. They are turning it down because of the abuse they would get if they accepted and don't want their careers effected. Congratulations Hollywood, you have done a great job of bullying. Before anybody wants to add that Trump is a bully I will just say "Two wrongs don't make a right".

Updated On: 12/23/16 at 08:24 AM
kdogg36 Profile Photokdogg36 Profile Photo
kdogg36
Broadway Legend
joined:9/13/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
9/13/07

Jordan Catalano said: "http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2016/12/22/dont-be-fooled-the-rockettes-dont-have-much-of-a-choice"

Regarding the notion that refusing to perform at the inauguration might destroy a dancer's career: I don't know anything about the industry, but I have to believe that there are a lot of potential employers who would look favorably on a dancer for having this particular refusal on their record.

 

kdogg36 Profile Photokdogg36 Profile Photo
kdogg36
Broadway Legend
joined:9/13/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
9/13/07

yankeefan7 said: "It is an honor to perform for any POTUS, respect the office even if you dislike/hate the person."

I'm a bit eccentric here, but it wouldn't be an honor for me. I don't have any respect for an office that's been inhabited by assholes since the day I was born. When I worked for Equality Maryland, a local civil rights organization, I declined an opportunity to visit the (Obama) White House because pretending to like the droner-in-chief would have made me physically ill.

 

yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/14/12

"I'm a bit eccentric here, but it wouldn't be an honor for me. I don't have any respect for an office that's been inhabited by assholes since the day I was born. When I worked for Equality Maryland, a local civil rights organization, I declined an opportunity to visit the (Obama) White House because pretending to like the droner-in-chief would have made me physically ill."

Fine, I was thrilled to take a tour of the White House many years ago when President Clinton was in office.

 

kdogg36 Profile Photokdogg36 Profile Photo
kdogg36
Broadway Legend
joined:9/13/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
9/13/07

yankeefan7 said: "Fine, I was thrilled to take a tour of the White House many years ago when President Clinton was in office."

You're damn right it's fine. :) 

Just to be clear, Trump is in a whole different league of evil from Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc., which is why I despise his supporters, on here and in real life.

 

yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/14/12

"Regarding the notion that refusing to perform at the inauguration might destroy a dancer's career"

Of course and individual Rockette is not going to have their career ruined.  I was talking about somebody like Andrea Bocelli who backed out because he was getting too much "heat" after accepting. Obviously, he thought it might have some effect on his career.

@z5
Broadway Legend
joined:11/30/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
11/30/15

You're all so immature and hateful. Where's that famous liberal tolerance and acceptance? Nowhere to be found when you whiners don't get your way.

haterobics Profile Photohaterobics Profile Photo
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/29/14

Women being forced to do something with their bodies against their will because of a powerful man? Seems appropriate to me.

kdogg36 Profile Photokdogg36 Profile Photo
kdogg36
Broadway Legend
joined:9/13/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
9/13/07

yankeefan7, I was responding to the article that Jordan had shared.

Updated On: 12/23/16 at 08:46 AM
wonderfulwizard11 Profile Photowonderfulwizard11 Profile Photo
wonderfulwizard11
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/30/05

@z5 said: "You're all so immature and hateful. Where's that famous liberal tolerance and acceptance? Nowhere to be found when you whiners don't get your way."

Yes- why won't you whiny liberals be tolerant towards the famously tolerant Donald Trump, who over his campaign showed his great tolerance and love towards Mexicans, black people, women, disabled people, veterans, Gold Star families, and picked a VP who wants to torture gay children until they are "straight"? Why bad liberals so mean to poor millionaire Donald? 

I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.
Jish
Stand-by
joined:8/13/07
Stand-by
joined:
8/13/07

An update:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Update-Rockettes-Union-Calls-Boycotting-Inauguration-Invalid-20161223

"The email continues in bolded, underlined font: "If you are not full time, you do not have to sign up to do this work. 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,"

neonlightsxo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/29/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/29/08

Can we not call him "the Don" please ever jfc

CATSNYrevival Profile PhotoCATSNYrevival Profile Photo
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/1/04

I'm trying to understand why it's okay for an employer to force an employee to take part in a political event. Regardless of the profession, it  seems like something that would have been thought of and safe gaurded against in a contract by now.