Vice president-elect Mike Pence got more than he bargained for on Friday night while attending a performance of Broadway smash “Hamilton” when a member of the show’s cast called him out from the stage during the curtain call.
“Vice president-elect, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us,” said “Hamilton” actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, with The Hollywood Reporter noting that he told the crowd: “There’s nothing to boo here, we’re all sharing a story of love.”
He continued, addressing the ultra-conservative politician from the stage. “We welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ — we really do,” he continued. “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, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us.”
He concluded: “We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colours, creeds and orientations,” adding: “We don’t have to fight one another. The beautiful part of this country is … we don’t have to agree, but we gotta live here, baby, and share with one another.”
When Pence’s boss caught wind of what happened, President-elect Donald Trump angrily took to Twitter to slam the “Hamilton” cast and demand an apology. “This should not happen!” Trump wrote, following up by saying: “The Theatre must always be a safe and special place. The cast of ‘Hamilton’ was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
One person who takes issue with Trump’s complaint is Chrissy Teigen, who tweeted an NSFW response to the president-elect, calling him a “POS” and mocking him by writing: “Look who wants a f***ing safe space now. The very thing him and his supporters make fun of as liberal political correctness.”
In a subsequent tweet, she added: “Interested to see if Trump supporters will be able to criticize the inevitable dumpster fire that will ultimately be his actual presidency.”
As “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller told THR following the performance, the statement was written with the show’s co-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Tommy Kail and the cast at large.
“The cast, the creators, we all felt that we must express our feelings to vice president-elect Pence,” Seller told THR. “This is not a normal time, this is not a normal election. This has not been a normal result. And in a democracy, one must let his and her voice be heard, and we were not going to the show tonight without expressing how we feel,” said Seller. “Everybody should be able to see this show, regardless of their politics, but it does just so happen that the politics of this administration have been so negative toward minorities, people of colour, gay people that we felt the need to speak up. As a cast comprised of minorities, women, gay people, it was necessary. We had to speak. We had to express how we feel.”
Meanwhile, “Hamilton” creator Miranda is fully behind what happened, judging by this tweet: