The hashtag #BoycottHamilton reached top trending status on Twitter after an event where cast members from the popular Broadway show stopped their act to talk down to and lecture Vice President-elect Mike Pence. After welcoming Pence and thanking him for joining the audience, Dixon talked down to him with this tirade. Pence was booed as soon as his took his seat. As he exited the theater, actor Brandon Victor Dixon lectured him about how a “diverse America” is “alarmed and anxious” about the incoming Trump administration.
“Pence walked down the aisle towards his seat and waved briefly as people in the theater clearly began to realize who he was. Then the boos began,” The Guardian reported. “The show was occasionally disrupted by more loud booing at Pence.”
When Pence was about the leave at the end of the show, Brandon Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, called him back, saying, “I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few moments.”
“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,” Dixon said as Pence exited the building.
The fallout out and back lash has been swift, leading to the hashtag #BoycottHamilton becoming a top trend on social media. Supporters of President-elect Trump surrounded the Richard Rodgers Theater on Saturday morning, where the popular Broadway show is performed.
President-elect Trump also called out Hamilton cast on his twitter.
“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!” Trump tweeted. He also demanded an apology:
The cast has yet to apologize.