Watch: Cast of ‘Hamilton’ Calls Out VP-Elect Mike Pence After Show
"We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us"
Last night’s showing of Hamilton, the Broadway show that went from regional favorite to international sensation in a matter of months, had a special guest: Vice President-elect Mike Pence. He showed up less than two weeks from the general election that shocked the world and made Donald Trump our 45th POTUS.
Pence was booed during his entrance–understandably, New York is a traditionally liberal state–but after the show, during the cast’s final bow, Brandon Victor Dixon, the man that portrays President Aaron Burr in Hamilton, read a message on behalf of the entire cast, opening with the following.
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. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.
Dixon went on to reiterate the fact that Hamilton–an essential recap of America’s earnest beginnings–is performed by a decidedly diverse cast, and suggest that other facets of American society should follow suit.
Pence left quietly after Dixon’s comments, but his boss, Donald Trump, had a message for the Hamilton cast in response to their message.
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 J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
November 19, 2016