Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway musical “Hamilton” at New York City’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on Friday. When Pence arrived at the theatre, there was a mixture of boos and cheers coming from the crowd. But this wasn’t the unusual part of the night. The unusual part occurred at the end of the performance when the cast of “Hamilton” stopped what they were doing and spoke directly to Pence with a message.
The actor who portrayed Aaron Burr in the musical, Brandon Victor Dixen, had prepared dialogue for Pence. He said, “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, sir.” Dixen went on to say that he hopes the Trump administration upholds the rights and values of all Americans.
It was reported that Pence was leaving as Dixon was speaking to him. A spokesman for Pence said that he stood in the hallway and listened to the rest of Dixon’s message to him. Pence then left the theatre without commenting on the message that was spoken to him. Dixon’s speech was recorded on video from audience members who later put it on social media. The video of the speech went viral fast.
The next day, President-elect Donald Trump heard about what happened at the theatre and was less than thrilled. Trump tweeted, “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!” Trump received backlash for his comments by the organizations GLAAD and the American Civil Liberties Union. They said that the cast of Hamilton was just using the opportunity to speak out about the fears of Americans, particularly the LGBTQ community. They don’t think Dixen should have to apologize.