President-elect Donald Trump said the cast of the hit Broadway play Hamilton was “rude” to vice president-elect Mike Pence, and demands an apology for the “harassment,” Fox News reported.
“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!” Donald Trump tweeted early Saturday morning.
Minutes later he tweeted that the Theater should be a safe place, and demanded an apology from the cast and audience members.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
The Hamilton cast doesn’t believe they should have to apologize for exercising their right to speak to Mike Pence about an important social issue, something they felt needed to be said.
As the play ended, actor Brandon Victor Dixon thanked Mike Pence for his attendance and asked him to “hear him out.”
“Well, sir—we—are the diverse Americans 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, ” Dixon explained. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
The audience cheered after hearing his emotional and genuine plea to the vice president-elect. Mike Pence left as Dixon was making his plea, but a show spokesman said that he listened to his entire speech from the hallway.
When Pence entered the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, his arrival had mixed reviews. The audience clapped and booed, which prompted the president-elect, Donald Trump to vent about it on Twitter.
New York Times reported that Pence was seated in the center orchestra section and was visible to all who attended the play. Mike appeared engaged in the show by clapping after each act.
The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the director, Thomas Kail, and the producer, Jeffrey Seller, with help from the Hamilton cast composed the statement Brandon Victor Dixon read to the audience.
“We had to ask ourselves, how do we cope with this?”Jeffrey Seller said. “Our cast could barely go on stage the day after the election. The election was painful and crushing to all of us here. We all struggled with what was the appropriate and respectful response,” the executive producer continued. “We have honored that Mr. Pence attended the show, and we had this opportunity to express our feelings about the election results and the change in administration.”
There was some discussion with the play’s executives if it was the right time to address Pence in a political statement and they decided to wait until the end of the performance, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Mike Pence’s attendance was met with strong emotions from the crowd. As Dixon read the statement to him, a witness in a nearby seat claimed that the president-elect squirmed uncomfortably in his seat. It was then that Pence decided to leave the Theater.
Donald Trump was not happy with the way the audience treated Pence and decided to vocalize it on Twitter. He demanded that the cast of Hamilton apologize to the vice president-elect, stating that the Theater was not the place to protest any political disagreements.
Most people believe that the cast handled their differences with Mike Pence’s politics in a mature and decent way. The eye-witnesses stated that Pence seemed uncomfortable by the statement, but didn’t “seem upset.”
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