After the widespread refusal by A-list celebrities and other performers to appear at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, hundreds of inflatable air dancers, also known as Sky Dancers, have decided to boycott the ceremony.
Seven hundred of the fan powered performers were booked for the inauguration along with list-comparable acts such as Jackie Evancho and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Over five hundred of them have declined to perform.
In a written statement, sky dancer “Grand Opening” supports the decision of his fellow dancers: “For many of us, this is not a political issue, but a moral one. Inflatable air dancers have a long tradition of wholesome family entertainment. We do not believe the president-elect upholds the values that we represent.”
Jean Sherpa, president of the Inflatable Air Dancers and Dunk Tank Operators Union, says that the dancers are not required to perform, and some have even been volunteering on their own. “We asked for volunteers last week, and some of the dancers turned their fans on the high setting to make sure their arm was straight out and their vote was seen.”
Due to the patriotic theme of the event red, white, and blue air dancers were originally the only colors invited to perform, but the boycott now has event organizers reaching out to sky dancers of all colors- a tactic which many inauguration attendees do not agree with.
At time of publication, nobody else worth mentioning has agreed to perform at the inauguration.