While plenty of celebs have come out and blatantly refused to perform at Trump鈥檚 upcoming inauguration (ya know, that event which is usually a total honor to appear at and is now something people are avoiding like a bad cold), it looks like now the sitch is getting downright nasty. The Rockettes, those famous can-can dancing ladies of the stage, have apparently been booked for the big day, and some of them are not happy about it. Some are saying they want to skip the show, and they鈥檙e reportedly being given a choice: Do the performance or (as Donald himself would say) you鈥檙e fired!

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With America鈥檚 Got Talent runner-up and 16-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir booked as the only two acts set to perform, at this point it feels like Trump鈥檚 people are scrambling to find anyone willing to show up. That鈥檚 why they must be thrilled to be able to add The Rockettes to the list.

The dancers, on the other hand, aren鈥檛 so happy.


Represented by American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), the org warned the ladies that because of the deets in their contracts 鈥 and because James Dolan, the executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, had agreed that they would perform 鈥 if they don鈥檛 want to show up, then they can find themselves a new job. Ouch.

Donald Trump _ you're fired

Broadwayworld.com nabbed a copy of AGVA鈥檚 letter, which explains, 鈥淲e have received an email from a Rockette expressing concern about getting 鈥榠nvolved in a dangerous political climate鈥 but I must remind you that you are all employees, and as a company, Mr. Dolan obviously wants the Rockettes to be represented at our country鈥檚 Presidential inauguration, as they were in 2001 & 2005. Any talk of boycotting this event is invalid, I鈥檓 afraid.鈥

It continued, 鈥淓veryone is entitled to her own political beliefs, but there is no room for this in the workplace.鈥

Phoebe Pearl Trump message

Despite that, some of the women are choosing to speak out. In a private Instagram post, Phoebe Pearl explained the sitch from her perspective, saying, 鈥淚 usually don鈥檛 use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed.鈥

She added, 鈥淭he women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we鈥檙e against is appalling. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts. #notmypresident.鈥

Stand strong, ladies, and keep kicking high and mighty!

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(h/t Jezebel; photos via The Rockettes, Scott Wintrow + Sara D. Davis/Getty)