Poor Mike Pence. The VP-elect is one of the nicest guys in Washington DC. And last night, he went to watch the hit Broadway play, Hamilton, only to get booed by the other audience members when he walked in.
Making matters worse, at the end of the show, cast member Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, created an awkward moment when he started lecturing Pence, who was in the audience.
“We, sir, 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,” the actor proclaimed. “But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us.”
The audience reaction was mixed. Some in the audience groaned and booed, while most of the NYC liberals in the audience cheered the statement.
The show’s producers may be tarnishing their own brand. Half of America is conservative, and many who saw the spectacle were not pleased.
One woman in attendance, Sherie Samulian, told reporters, “I didn’t feel like it was an appropriate setting, at all, for people to be booing (the VP).”
Another audience member told CBS reporters, “It was the most gross display of disrespect I’d ever seen.”
The conservative website, Youngcons.com, is reporting that many Americans are already boycotting the show by cancelling their expensive tickets. And #BoycottHamilton is now trending strongly on Twitter.
Not surprisingly, Trump’s defense of Pence was swift. He tweeted, “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!”
The future president followed up with a second tweet: “The Theater 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!”
We all know that Broadway is a bastion of liberalism. But it is still ultimately a business. Offending half of America is not a good way to promote your product.
Do you think lecturing Mike Pence was appropriate? Do you think Dixon’s message was fair? Share your thoughts in the comments section.