A fascist's deputy who believes in conversion therapy and stop & frisk went to a Hip Hop Musical about democracy. Guess what happened next!
— Zeddonymous (@ZeddRebel) November 19, 2016
Founding fathers like Hamilton, gave us freedom of expression, right to protest our leaders. I suspect Hamilton would be ok with the booing. https://t.co/YTjtYVprrd
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 19, 2016
he's helping assemble a White Nationalist government but let's make sure he feels comfy during his date night? I'll pass https://t.co/hmrtGSNJsn
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) November 19, 2016
Virtue signalling — and I don’t mean by the audience/cast. Per the Chicago Tribune:
Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday was the latest high-profile person to attend the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” but he became the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage.
Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice president, gave a speech Friday for his political descendant after the curtain call, telling Pence the multiracial and multicultural cast is worried about the Trump administration.
“We, sir, 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,” Dixon said. “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
Pence ducked out before Dixon finished the unprecedented message. But a show spokesman said Pence stood in the hallway outside the entrance to the auditorium and heard the full remarks.
The vice president-elect’s appearance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre triggered both cheers and boos when he slipped into row F in the mezzanine.
“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,” Dixon said from the stage. “We’re all here sharing a story about love.”…
Mike Pence, Public Scold of All Immorality, showed up at Hamilton for two reasons. First, getting good seats at the most popular show in one of the world’s top theater cities shows that he, VP-Elect Mike Pence, is now a Very Important Person. (If you were Mike Pence, you wouldn’t believe it without outside confirmation, either.) Second — most important, I’m guessing — Hamilton is a musical about a bunch of New York City immigrants, played by a cast of not-white actors, many of them openly LGBT. People like Mike Pence go to Hamilton to confirm their conviction that New Yorkers have always been filthy immigrants who proudly mock God and “history” while celebrating their perversities with every variety of that noisy jungle music. Getting boo’d at Hamilton gives Mike Pence immense ‘street cred’ with the neo-Nazis clotting around Steve Bannon, official Trump strategist-in-chief; since Bannon has a lot more influence with Trump than Mike Pence will ever accrue, Pence probably enjoyed the public opprobrium more than he did the play itself.
Shortlist reminder of Pence’s governmental record to date, from Deadspin:
… Politicians do not deserve respect simply on the basis of the fact that they’re politicians. They do, however, deserve to be treated in accordance with their actions. And in the case of Mike Pence, he deserves nothing less than to be constantly—and publicly—criticized and humiliated. Because Mike Pence is a monster.
Mike Pence has opposed a bill that would protect LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination, refused to address the HIV epidemic in his state because of “moral qualms,” and in the 90s, published articles attempting to find links between homosexuality and pedophilia while the editor of a conservative journal. It’s worth noting here that the current lead in Hamilton is openly gay and HIV-positive.…
Mike Pence also signed a “religious freedom” bill that allowed businesses to explicitly discriminate against LGBTQ customers. And he backed several “personhood bills” that granted legal status to zygotes (zygotes!) and which would effectively ban abortion outright—along with some types of birth control. Pence also wanted women seeking abortions to have to undergo forced ultrasound exams where the provider would “describe the embryo in detail to her.” And of course, there’s also that law he signed requiring women to bury or cremate their aborted fetuses…
— Shannyn Moore (@shannynmoore) November 19, 2016
I think maybe the theater should have expressed a religious objection to selling Pence tickets. https://t.co/MyKLJIRE2H
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) November 19, 2016
Just a reminder: Mike Pence's administration jailed a woman for HAVING A MISCARRIAGE.
— Call Your Reps Daily (@katiemcvay) November 19, 2016
Mike Pence thinks it's fine to fire people for being LGBT but yeah sure booing is impolite
— Mazel Tov Cocktail (@AdamSerwer) November 19, 2016
He's also the VP-elect. A level of disrespect https://t.co/Xgfbb0EpBH
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 19, 2016
The act of booing is designed to disrespect the the target of said booing. I'd boo him at a funeral. https://t.co/Y7mQoKo8dy
— Elon James White (@elonjames) November 19, 2016
Did a single @nytimes reporter ever condemn Trump supporters chanting "Lock her up?" Maybe STFU now about some booing.
— Armando (@armandodkos) November 19, 2016
Mike Pence only has to deal with getting booed at @HamiltonMusical. Not getting deported, registered, or discriminated against. Lucky guy.
— Jacob Haren (@jacobdharen) November 19, 2016