When vice president-elect Mike Pence went to see Hamilton on Broadway, he got more of a show than he bargained for. It started from the moment he walked in the building, with the entire audience booing him as he walked to his seat.
Yeah, sucks to be booed, but it also sucks to have your basic rights as an American citizen snatched away from you, so.
But Pence's grand Broadway treatment didn't stop there. At the end of the show, as he got up to leave, Brandon Victor Dixon—who plays Aaron Burr in the show—had a special message for him.
After acknowledging Pence and thanking him for attending, he appealed for him to "hear us out":
"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 all of us."
This sort of direct message is rare on Broadway, but it was one that was thought out by show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and producer Jeffrey Seller, with input from the cast.
"We had to ask ourselves, how do we cope with this?" Seller told the New York Times. "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 and proper response. We are honored that Mr. Pence attended the show, and we had to use this opportunity to express our feelings."
Theatergoer Christy Colbourn added that the crowd gave a standing ovation during the line "immigrants, we get the job done" and "do you know how hard it is to lead?"
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted his support for the cast.
Celebrities have also weighed in on the talked-about night. Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad posted a lengthy response to the situation.
Of course, Donald Trump had something to say about his BFF's Hamilton experience, claiming that the "wonderful" Pence was "harassed" by the cast. "The Theater [sic] must always be a safe and special place," Trump tweeted. "The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!"
Chrissy Teigen took issue with Trump's response to the situation and took to Twitter with her thoughts—and to defend them against other users who disagreed.
We now live in an America where respectfully disagreeing with the president-elect's administration qualifies as "harassment." But hey—at least we've got Broadway.
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