January 3, 2017


Rockettes Management Asks Group to 'Tolerate Intolerance' at Trump's Inauguration

Monica Schipper
Monica Schipper

Marie Claire published on Tuesday a leaked transcript of a meeting that went down between the Radio City Rockettes and their management regarding their upcoming performance at Donald Trump's inauguration as the President of the United States. The meeting revealed that some members of the legendary dance troupe were more than discontented at the booking. Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan tried to quell their fears about the event.

"Every four years we put in a new president. It's a huge moment in the country's history. It usually signifies a whole change in how the government is going to run," said Dolan, in the leaked account. "The fact that we get to participate in it...we are an American brand, and I think it's very appropriate that the Rockettes dance in the inaugural and 4th of July and our country's great historical moments."

However, when a dancer (all of whom remain anonymous in the article) asked if Dolan thought performing for Trump would tarnish the brand, he replied, "I gotta sell tickets."

One dancer explained that the Rockettes have always been an "apolitical" group, and that the inauguration gig would reverse that. She explained that the social media backlash has been "unbearable." When Dolan said he hadn't seen any backlash, she replied, "I've had people messaging me: 'Just shut up and dance.'"

A dancer asked if Dolan was forcing them to be "tolerant of intolerance" by making them dance at the White House. Dolan said, "Yeah, in a way, I guess we are doing that. What other choices do we have? What else would you suggest?" He went on to end the meeting with: "We're celebrating a new president, not necessarily this president."

Read the full Marie Claire article here.

Hours after the article was published, MSG responded with a statement, saying that Marie Claire didn't run the whole statement MSG sent to them, choosing only a certain segment.

"Marie Claire posted a story on its website this morning regarding a private meeting that was held last week," read the MSG statement. "The story included comments made by various Rockettes that were included without their permission. When Marie Claire requested comment from MSG last night, we provided a full statement on the matter. Marie Claire chose to just use a small portion of what was provided. Following is the full statement in its entirety."

"This is one person who continues to attempt to represent the entire team of Rockettes. This time it’s in a story that is the result of an unauthorized recording that violated the confidentiality of all of her sister Rockettes. While Mr. Dolan stands behind everything he said during the meeting, no one in that room believed they were speaking publicly. Everyone in the meeting had the chance to speak their mind in a safe setting, and many did. Her secret recording was deceitful and cowardly and has betrayed all of her fellow Rockettes. Posting this story is beneath the ethical standards of Hearst. We are deeply disappointed in their decision to post this story."

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