The cast of everyone’s favorite musical Hamilton had a message for Vice President-elect Mike Pence during a Friday night performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. Pence was booed by the audience multiple times, but Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon (who plays Aaron Burr in the show) addressed Pence directly as he was leaving the theater.
“Vice president-elect, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us,” said Dixon. The actor also addressed the angry audience: “There’s nothing to boo here, we’re all sharing a story of love.” Dixon continued: “Vice President-elect Pence, welcome. Thank you for joining us at Hamilton: An American Musical. 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 hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us. Thank you”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the message was written with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Tommy Kail, and the cast — several who are openly gay. Pence is known for advocating gay conversion therapy and other anti-gay stances. President-elect Donald Trump later took to Twitter demanding a safe space for Pence and an apology — which unfortunately isn’t the most ridiculous thing we read this week related to our government and seems like a planned distraction from the concerning news about Trump’s foreign diplomat hotel extravaganza and his recent fraud settlement.
Here’s Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton pic.twitter.com/IRQG68x1sB — David K (@dkipke12) November 19, 2016
Tonight, VP-Elect Mike Pence attended #HamiltonBway. After the show, @BrandonVDixon delivered the following statement on behalf of the show. pic.twitter.com/Jsg9Q1pMZs — Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016