Vice President-elect Mike Pence showed up to a showing of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” and things did not go well.
The night started out with the audience loudly booing as he entered and walked to his seat.
Here's Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton pic.twitter.com/IRQG68x1sB
— David K (@dkipke12) November 19, 2016
It’s unclear what Pence had expected. Broadway has long been a strongly LGBT-friendly space and Mike Pence is a man who once made a name for himself by endorsing electroshock “conversion” therapy to make gay people straight, then went on to pass legislation in Indiana making it legal to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.
But Pence’s night went from bad to worse when he tried to slip out at the end. The entire cast of the performance stood on stage and cast member Brandon Victor Dixon lectured him on the hateful rhetoric he and Trump had used to divide the country and terrify minorities. It was a powerful statement and one Pence should take to heart.
“We have a guest in the audience this evening. Vice President-elect Pence I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here ladies and gentlemen. We have a message for you sir. We hope that you will hear us out. I encourage everyone to pull out your phones and tweet because this message needs to be spread far and wide.
Vice President-elect Pence we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at Hamilton, an American Musical. We really do. 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. And we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us. We truly thank you for sharing in this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds and orientations and we truly hope that you heard our message sir, because you all represent all of us.”
Here’s the clip:
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016
Pence, in line with his empathy towards concerned citizens in his previous role as Governor of Indiana, reportedly continued to walk out while Dixon was speaking.
Pence left "Hamilton" before cast statement read from stage about "we are a diverse America who are alarmed and anxious" by Trump.
— Patrick Healy (@patrickhealynyt) November 19, 2016
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