Mike Pence addresses concerns raised by the cast while Trump continues to Tweet.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway musical Hamilton on Friday, November 18th with his daughter and her cousins. After entering the theatre to a “mix of cheers and boos,” the cast was brewing up a new kind of curtain speech for the end of the show. And, no, it’s not quite time to raise money for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.
At the conclusion of the performance on Friday, the cast directly addressed Mike Pence as he was leaving the theatre with concerns about the new administration (*cough cough* “regime”). The curtain speech was a deeply heartfelt plea by the cast of Hamilton which urged Mike Pence to lead an administration “for ALL the people.” In true Trump fashion, the President-elect took to Twitter on Friday and Saturday to demand that Hamilton “apologize” for “harassing” Mike Pence and being “very rude.”
Here’s the speech given by the cast of Hamilton at the conclusion of Friday’s performance:
“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,” Brandon Victor Dixon said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
After Trump wrote his anti-Hamilton Tweets, passionate theatre fans (and people who likely will never step foot in a theatre) spoke out on all sides of the situation. Many took to Facebook, where there was a surge in people writing reviews of Hamilton: An American Musical on the show’s official Facebook page. Many 5-star reviewers wrote things like “thank you for standing up for what is right” or “thank you for using art to speak the truth.” On the other side of the coin, many wrote 1-star reviews of the musical and posting things like “respect the office” and “I will be cancelling my tickets. Very Rude.”
Mike Pence addressed the situation this morning on Fox News in what is surprisingly the most eloquent response to any situation in the entirety of Trump/Pence’s Presidential race. Seriously. He actually wasn’t a total asshole and called Hamilton “a great show with very talented performers.” He addressed the cast’s concerns about diversity and safety by saying that “their concerns were heard, but I’ll look to others to say whether the venue was appropriate.” Watch for yourself above!