Mike Pence Got Booed at “Hamilton”
Mike Pence went to see “Hamilton” — Broadway’s trendiest show that you probz won’t be able to see for at least five more years unless you’re rich af — Friday night, and shit pretty much hit the fan.
First, the Vice President-elect was heartily booed by the audience as he went to his seat. Some audience members took videos and posted them to Twitter immediately.
Mike Pence booed at Hamilton is exactly the type of content I come to Twitter for. pic.twitter.com/EK0pXvPxWA
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 19, 2016
Right away, people started to respond. Many thought the booing was well-deserved.
For everyone losing their shit over Pence being booed at a play:
Obama was heckled by a member of congress during the State of the Union
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) November 19, 2016
Others completely lost their sense of humor and said it wasn’t called for.
Pence getting booed at Hamilton bums me out. Whatever you think of him. He’s trying to engage. Could get ideas from far worse places. https://t.co/gn7j25Nuy7
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 19, 2016
He’s also the VP-elect. A level of disrespect https://t.co/Xgfbb0EpBH
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 19, 2016
Which, I mean, come on man. Booing people is hilarious. This is America. Our first amendment rights guarantee we can boo freely and often.
Plus, Mike Pence is a habitual opponent of gay rights. You can read all about his support of conversion therapy and long-held belief that gay people don’t deserve special protections here. His appearance at Hamilton was especially dismaying because the theatre is historically a gay safe space.
I’m delighted by Pence getting booed at #Hamilton, considering how much of Broadway he wants to subject to electroshock conversion therapy.
— Suleikha Snyder (@suleikhasnyder) November 19, 2016
High-profile Twitter users like Roxane Gay, author of “Bad Feminist,” are largely standing by this display of free speech.
Some of you have lost your fucking minds if you think Mike Pence being booed is bad manners. The man is a horror show.
— roxane gay (@rgay) November 19, 2016
Others are pointing out that Pence hasn’t just hurt gay people in theory, but has already contributed to policies that hurt them.
The irony is star of Hamilton is LGBT, Latino and HIV+ Pence sent HIV rates skyrocketing when he shut down clinics. https://t.co/bqW17ik8NJ
— Susie Fierce (@SusieFierce) November 19, 2016
The crowd continued to be woke af throughout the performance. People at the play tweeted that there was a standing ovation at the line “Immigrants, we get the job done.”
I’m at #Hamilton and so is Mike Pence. Crowd booed him like crazy, and gave a standing O at the line “immigrants we get the job done” 1/2
— Christy Colburn (@christymoose) November 19, 2016
After the play, when the cast took its bows, actor Brandon Dixon addressed Pence, asking him to take note of the diverse cast and uphold the rights of everyone in the theatre.
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
Honestly, could you get any classier? Most people would have had much stronger words for Pence, but Brandon Dixon and the cast of Hamilton clearly handled this in a civil way.
But then, shit really hit the fan the next morning when Donald Trump woke up and decided to tweet about the whole thing.
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
Not really sure where the “harassment” was. His second tweet, though, was even worse:
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
Is he joking? The cast of Hamilton was incredibly classy in the face of a man who has outwardly supported taking away their rights. The cast of Hamilton didn’t boo, the audience did. And they’re allowed to.
People basically lost it once Trump tweeted.
The theatre must always be dangerous and revolutionary and unafraid to call out a tyrant. You may buy a ticket, but we’re not on your side. https://t.co/GlPAaNSE2B
— Shakina (@Shakeenz) November 19, 2016
This is not only an offensive lie but one easily refuted by widely available footage. https://t.co/te9wfo9W5Y
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 19, 2016
Trump wrote multiple tweets about Mike Pence being sad at Hamilton, but could only muster “stop it” to his supporters doing hate crimes.
— Rob Fee (@robfee) November 19, 2016
The city must always be a safe and special place. Please denounce the swastikas that your supporters have drawn in NYC. https://t.co/2wqskvoOLO
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) November 19, 2016
Oh, and everyone’s got jokes.
Mike Pence got booed while going to see Hamilton. On the plus side, he’s now seen black and Latino people in real life.
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) November 19, 2016
I’d pay more to see Mike Pence getting booed in the crowd at Hamilton than I would to actually see Hamilton. https://t.co/imOHUlaVIU
— Latara Appleby (@LataraAppleby) November 19, 2016
People are also saying that conservatives have started a #BoycottHamilton trending topic on Twitter, but I’m gonna need to see some receipts on that. The only people tweeting #BoycottHamilton at this point are those laughing at the idea of boycotting a sold-out show.
The boycott Hamilton movement is clearly taking America by storm, with the worst seats in the house for a show in 3 hours going for $355 pic.twitter.com/obHVXnfFpS
— Jillian Jorgensen (@Jill_Jorgensen) November 19, 2016