Vice president-elect Mike Pence attended the Tony-guzzling musical Hamilton on Broadway on Friday night and was booed by the audience repeatedly, even causing the show to stop temporarily. FYI, Broadway is in Hilary Clinton’s New York!
At the end of the show, he was addressed directly by Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, with the rest of the cast stood behind him: “We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. But we hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.” He then appealed to the audience, saying “There’s nothing to boo here ladies and gentlemen,” before thanking Pence for attending the show.
This morning, Trump tweeted a demand that the cast apologise to Pence who, he wrote, was “harassed.” Other supporters disdained that Pence was not able to respond in that setting, and that people were now being lectured in “lame” shows. Ouch.
The Republican account @TheGOPReport summarised the call in a tweet that reads, “Completely inappropriate for the cast of #Hamilton to address Mike Pence like this. Not the time or the place. Time to #BoycottHamilton.”
So, several Hollywood figures responded…
Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright, pointed out that Hamilton tickets are very difficult to get:
“#BoycottHamilton? Good luck with that. Tickets are already sold-out past President-elect Troll’s impeachment.”
“Omg #boycotthamilton is a thing. As if it’s not sold out for the next two years,” wrote RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.
“You know what? I support #BoycottHamilton.I hope it intensifies — especially during the first week of March, maybe that Sunday matinee?” wrote comedian Patton Oswalt.
Jillian Michaels tweeted, “For everyone who is going to #BoycottHamilton my family, friends, & I will fall on the sword & take your tickets. #wegotyou”
John Legend wrote, “If #boycotthamilton goes like #boycottbeyonce I’m gonna start #boycottjohnlegend. Shit seems lucrative.”