Last month, Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan called a meeting with the dancers on December 27 to discuss their participation in the controversial inauguration. And apparently by "discuss," he meant tell the Rockettes to STFU and dance.
An audio recording of the meeting was leaked to MarieClaire, who published excerpts. It's mostly Dolan, a 61-year-old white male, mansplaining politics to the dancers and informing them it's an "honor" to perform. He even told them to "be tolerant of intolerance."
James Dolan and Radio City Music Hall have received some backlash since the announcement, which Dolan called "ironic." "I get all of these emails, too, from people saying, 'Don't perform for this hateful person,'" he said. "And then they proceed to spew out this diatribe of hate."