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The Rockettes were told to 'tolerate intolerance' at their Trump inauguration performance


The Rockettes, who are one of the few big-ticket acts President-elect Donald Trump has secured for his inauguration, were told to "tolerate intolerance" at their performance in a meeting with management.

A member of the group recorded a December 27 meeting with Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan, Marie Claire reports. One of the troupe members asked Dolan if performing at Trump's inauguration could hurt the Rockettes brand -- and then the conversation spiraled downward.

The critical moment

At one point, Dolan said, "I get all of these emails, too, from people saying, 'Don't perform for this hateful person.' And then they proceed to spew out this diatribe of hate." 

A dancer said, "It just sounds like you're asking us to be tolerant of intolerance."

Dolan's response: "Yeah, in a way, I guess we are doing that. What other choices do we have? What else would you suggest?"

We're celebrating a new president, not necessarily this president.
James Dolan

Madison Square Garden COO Barry Watkins called the secret recording "deceitful and cowardly," The Wrap reports. The meeting was expected to be private, but the recording betrayed that privacy, Watkins said. 

In another Marie Claire story, a Rockette said she was "being forced to perform for this monster," referring to Trump.

A Rockette said she would feel uncomfortable standing near Trump while in costume.

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