The Rockettes are being slammed online by social media users over the lack of diversity among the dancers during their performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: ‘Literally a WHITE Christmas.’
Jeez, here we go again. Did a man-boy seriously suggest that diversity is the most important criterion in selecting members of a dance company? Surely ability, talent, stamina are far more important?
I see the @Rockettes are literally having themselves a WHITE Christmas. 👎
— Nathan Salstone (@NathanSalstone) November 22, 2018
— Macy’s (@Macys) November 22, 2018
Wow, people already complaining about the #Rockettes not having many women of color. You need to have a certain height and weight to get in, people! It shouldn’t be about skin, it should be about how these women practice they whole lives to do something you can only dream of. pic.twitter.com/wvPMuhX8z8
— DeadSquipWalking (@ChloeJosefowicz) November 22, 2018
The Rockettes braved the cold temperatures on Thanksgiving Day to perform in the Macy’s parade as per tradition.
In gold sequined outfits, 36 women took the New York City streets to perform a three-minute Christmas dance routine featuring high kicks, impeccable formation changes and precise dance moves.
But an influx of fans online were unimpressed with the lineup from this year’s Rockettes as some said the women lacked diversity in skin color.
A vast majority of the women featured in the dance routine were white, which people said is a problem given the progress of diversity within other groups and organizations.
‘Every year I’m not surprised to see the Rockettes think only white women, 2 black women, and 1 racially ambiguous one can dance,’ one person wrote after they watched the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Their critique seemed warranted considering the lack of diversity during the performance.
But one person came to the defense of the Rockettes and how the group of women are chosen each year through an extensive audition process.
‘Wow, people already complaining about the #Rockettes not having many women of color,’ the person wrote on Twitter. ‘You need to have a certain height and weight to get in, people! It shouldn’t be about skin, it should be about how these women practice their whole lives to do something you can only dream of.’
There are specific requirements in order to be considered as a member of the Rockettes.
Women have to be between 5’6” and 5’10” in height to be considered for a coveted role in the dancing troop.
The height requirement is largely due to the amount of kick lines the women will do throughout their shows. Keeping the members closer in height makes the performances more visually appealing and synchronized. More
Lots of people noticing “whiteness” nowadays. Do they notice the lack of it in the Harlem Dance Company and so many other things where blacks only are allowed?
— Elise Warner (@EliseWarner1) November 22, 2018
every year I’m not surprised to see the rockettes think only white women, 2 black women, and 1 racially ambiguous one can dance 🤷🏾♂️
— Coyvan (@coyvangreer) November 22, 2018
I would think it’d be pretty difficult to cast so many white women in NYC for the #Rockettes but they seem to pull it off every year.
— Commander Breetai (@zenbreetai) November 22, 2018
No Latina women either….
— Amanda (@frogsquid) November 22, 2018
It’s 2018. How are the @Rockettes still 95% white?
— Elsie Cast (@Elsiepod) November 22, 2018
none of us said we could do it, chloe, we said that there are plenty of people of color who have the talent to be rockettes, even if you think otherwise. your casual racism is showing. happy thanksgiving! https://t.co/cwDbocCsMv
— alex | nyc (@janissarkisians) November 22, 2018
So…black women as a whole don’t meet the weight and height requirements? You do know that they come in all shapes and sizes, just like white women, right? You do know that there are millions of black women in New York alone and I’m pretty sure that some of them qualify.
— Rachel Rumbelow (@RachelRumbelow) November 22, 2018
I’m I the only one that noticed that all the rockettes are white except for 2 of them lmaoooo #MacysDayParade
— Kenan Kaneki (@KenzoGhosty) November 22, 2018
Only 2 women of color in the Rockettes? Really? 2?!! Out of 36???
— Cassidy Brown (@cassidyhbrown) November 22, 2018
The Rockettes seem even whiter this year despite putting all (read: 3) WOC in the front of the Macy’s performance. Sigh.
— eleyezeeaye (@lizamegin) November 22, 2018